Blog

Q & A with…

Q & A with…

We got the chance to ask a few Folk Fest performers about folk music and their thoughts on Winnipeg. Read on to hear from David Myles, Oliver Swain’s Big Machine, Grace & Tony and Baskery!

David Myles

Q: What makes for a good festival experience?
I love folk festivals. Being backstage with musicians from all over the world is pretty wicked. Hearing them warm up and getting to meet everyone is always really cool. Of course, getting the chance to play is awesome too. When an audience is outside, relaxing, ready to have a good time, sing along, dance or whatever, that’s a real treat as a musician.  

Q: Name your favourite folk album or artist.
To be honest, I’m not really a connoisseur of folk music. My collection is mainly made up of early R and B, jazz and soul music.  But over the last few years I’ve really been getting into it a lot more. I love Penguin Eggs by Nic Jones. That album has got some incredible guitar playing. Totally unconventional and beautiful. Plus it really has a beautifully traditional feel. As if no one knew they were making a record.  

Q: Which other artists are you excited to see at Folk Fest? 
I’m a huge fan of Bonnie Raitt. She’s someone I’ve always wanted to see. But there are tons of cool acts on the bill. Deep Dark Woods, James Hill (insane ukelele player and overall musician), Corb Lund (love his writing), Ruth Moody, Daniel Romano (his records are wicked), etc. Also, I saw Ani DiFranco years ago and she blew my mind.  

Q: What do you know about Winnipeg? 
I’ve been to Winnipeg a few times and always really dug it. It reminds me of Halifax, where I live.  A great music scene that is kind of isolated from the rest of the country in a way.  But really strong and unique.  Plus I love old buildings and Winnipeg has a bunch of beauties.  

Oliver Swain’s Big Machine 

Q: What makes for a good festival experience? 
Great music, good friends (old or new) and a sense of adventure - anything can happen at festival, lives are changed forever every year!

Q: Name your favourite folk album or artist. 
Hard question. Right now it's either John Martyn’s Solid Air or Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left. Both albums feature Danny Thomson on bass – my hero.

Q: Which other artists are you excited to see at Folk Fest? 
Jaron Freeman-Fox, Ruth Moody.

Q: What do you know about Winnipeg? 
Louis Riel, the Winnipeg General Strike, Neil Young – outlaw visionaries. The leaders we should have followed.

Grace & Tony

Q: What makes for a good festival experience?
The fans. That's the X-factor. The sound, lights, schedule, pay and weather can all fall through but if a great crowd shows up, it's all worth it.

Q: Name your favourite folk album or artist.
Tony – Johnny Cash
Grace – Simon & Garfunkel

Q: Which other artists are you excited to see at Folk Fest?
Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, Langhorne Slim, Spirit Family Reunion, Shovels & Rope.

Q: What do you know about Winnipeg? 
That it's in Canada, and we are scheduled to rock its socks off.

Baskery

Q: What makes for a good festival experience?
A cool location, an unpredictable line up and a mixed crowd.

Q: Name your favourite folk album or artist.
Favourite album is Joni Mitchell’s Blue and favourite artist: Neil Young. 

Q: Which other artists are you excited to see at Folk Fest?
We like to be surprised, but Mexican Institute Of Sound sounds intriguing, and we're looking forward to seeing The Sheepdogs. 

Q: What do you know about Winnipeg? 
Honestly not much… Winnipeg Folk Fest! It’s our first time in Manitoba. 

Tags

folk fest, music, winnipeg folk festival

You might also be interested in

Performers

Performers

2017 Winnipeg Folk Fest performers will be announced in March!

Schedules

Schedules

2017 Winnipeg Folk Fest tickets will go on sale November 28!