It’s Here: The 2016 Winnipeg Folk Fest Performer Lineup!

It’s Here: The 2016 Winnipeg Folk Fest Performer Lineup!

Renowned artists from around the world will meet at Birds Hill Provincial Park July 7-10, 2016 to celebrate people and music at the 43rd edition of the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Continuing its annual tradition of one-of-a-kind collaborations and stellar Main Stage performances, Folk Fest announces a 2016 lineup packed with world music, Americana, indie folk and homegrown Canadian greats!

Ryan Adams, Lord Huron, Milky Chance and Sam Roberts Band are just a few of the outstanding musical acts being offered up at this year’s festival. Musical events are planned for each day of the festival to create experiences of discovery for Folk Fest audiences that are sure to become treasured memories to hold and reminisce with friends and family over the next year. 

Click here for the full performer list!

The Bluegrass Situation North

Friday, July 8
Big Blue @ Night
7:00 PM - midnight

The Bluegrass Situation are bringing their spin on a traditional jamboree to Canada for the first time to host "a festival within a festival" at the 2016 Winnipeg Folk Fest. The Los Angeles-based curator of legendary super jams at festivals across North America will take over Big Blue @ Night on Friday, July 8 for The Bluegrass Situation North. Folk Fest audiences will be treated to rollicking performances by four indelible roots acts: The Foggy Hogtown Boys, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Wild Reeds and three-time Grammy award nominee and founding member of the Punch Brothers, Noam Pikelny. The day will culminate with an exciting Album Hour All Star Jam, where the bands will perform the Eagles’ seminal album Hotel California, but with an Americana twist.

Native North America: A selection of musical trailblazers feat. Willie Thrasher, Willy Mitchell, Duke Redbird and Eric Landry

Saturday, July 9
Bur Oak
2:00 PM

Vancouver-based music journalist/historian Kevin Howes travels across the country picking records, and in those dusty bins, discovered a wealth of Canadian indigenous music from the storytelling folk era of the 1960s through 1980s. Mostly rare and largely unknown northern CBC recordings, he compiled the 2016 Grammy-nominated Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966-1985. On Saturday, July 9 audiences will find a few of the great original recording artists on stage: Willie Thrasher, Willy Mitchell, Duke Redbird and Eric Landry.

Howes had 34 songs digitized and re-mastered and wrote a 120-page book to go along with the two-disc set so the stories about an important part of Canadian history and the people who lived it will never be lost. Folk Fest audiences will have the unparalleled opportunity to hear these stories live on stage in July.

Loudon Wainwright III Receiving Artistic Achievement Award

Sunday, July 10
Main Stage
6:00 PM

It will be a folk family affair on Main Stage Sunday evening when Loudon Wainwright III receives the Winnipeg Folk Festival’s Artistic Achievement Award with his daughters by his side. Iconic songwriters in their own right, Martha and Lucy Wainwright will share the special experience with their father and everyone at Folk Fest is invited too.

American songwriter Loudon Wainwright III was selected as this year’s recipient for his contributions to the folk genre. His songs have captured the hearts and minds of people around the world and earned him multiple nominations and a Grammy win in 2010. He is also the source of inspiration for a new generation of Wainwrights, including his daughters Martha and Lucy and his son Rufus, who are creating beautiful music in their own right. His lyrics often include lines of self-effacing wit and his hilarious on-stage banter leaves lasting impressions on all who hear them. His comedic charm has landed him acting roles in TV and movies, including M*A*S*H and more recently Knocked Up and 40-Year-Old Virgin. But on Sunday, July 10, it will be his music that we gather to celebrate on Main Stage. 


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