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Wailin’ Wednesday: Folk Fest Highlights You May Have Missed

Wailin’ Wednesday: Folk Fest Highlights You May Have Missed

Happy New Year, folks! Time to start preparing for a year full of new experiences, music and friends. But first, why don’t we take a look back at a few of the best Winnipeg Folk Festival moments of 2014?

When Jake Shimabukuro blew an amp on Main Stage with his mighty ukulele and just kept on playing.


Photo: Joey Senft

The workshop titled New Folk Revival has been a staple for the last couple of years, bringing forward a fresh generation of folk musicians. This July, the collaboration on Green Ash featured Elephant Revival and Spirit Family Reunion’s strings and washboards and the voice of Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Alynda Lee Segarra. This workshop was definitely a treat.


Photo: Jen Kostesky

Quite possibly the best cover we heard at the festival was Genuine’s 90s hip-hop hit "Pony," led by ukulele rocker Shinyribs. It happened on the drizzly Sunday on Bur Oak with The Bros. Landreth and Spirit Family Reunion. Take a listen:

And it did rain this year, but the downpour did not dampen spirits! While stages had to temporarily shut down, musicians hopped up on picnic tables in the tavern and got the raincoatted crowd singing along.  


Photo: Robert Tinker

Hands-down one of the best moment(s): Every time Shovels & Rope took the stage.


Photo: Jen Kostesky

It was hard to shake Langhorne Slim’s "The Way We Move" out of our heads after we heard it in our 2014 Folk Fest launch video – and apparently we weren’t the only ones. When the first opening notes of that song rang out, folks came running to Main Stage to bop and shout along.


Photo: Joey Senft

And then there were our concerts! James Vincent McMorrow had one of the coolest stage sets we’ve seen at one of our shows.

To hear Neko Case live again and appreciate her incredible songwriting was just what we needed one spring night at the Burton Cummings Theatre.

The Strumbellas left strong impressions in many minds and hearts after they’re 2014 Folk Fest performances. They played two back-to-back shows here in Winnipeg in the fall and both were packed with Folk Fest fans. The crowd was so enthusiastic and appreciative that frontman, Simon Ward, got emotional and had to walk off stage for a moment. 


Photo: Matt Duboff

One of the biggest shows we’ve ever presented happened in 2014: Ryan Adams at the Burton Cummings Theatre.


Photo: Matt Duboff

Here’s to another great year! 

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elephant revival, hurray for the riff raff, jake shimabukuro, james vincent mcmorrow, langhorne slim, neko case, ryan adams, sharon van etten, shinyribs, shovels and rope, spirit family reunion, the bros. landreth, the strumbellas

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