(KINGSVILLE, ON) – Organizers of the 5th annual Kingsville Folk Music Festival have announced the performer lineup as well as additions to this year’s programming. Twenty-eight performers will call Kingsville home and share their musical diversity during high energy, night time main stage shows, intimate daytime concerts, and workshops over the August 10 through 12 weekend.
Friday night, the festival will open with a lineup featuring Newfoundland’s award-winning powerhouse Alan Doyle, formerly of folk rock band Great Big Sea.
“I’m so excited to be coming to Kingsville, Ontario for the Kingsville Folk Festival. I’m gonna bring this kitchen party to dat,” said Doyle.
Ian Thomas is best known as a successful rock and roll musician in Canada during the 1970s, with his most memorable hit Painted Ladies. His songs have been covered by Santana, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, and America, and he’ll be sharing his songs and stories.
Multi-Juno, East Coast Music, and Canadian Country Music award-winner Heather Rankin, of The Rankin Family, forges her own musical legacy with her poetic, intimate, original songs and an eclectic mix of others.
The “Godfather of Americana Music,” David Bromberg, an American multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter, who has toured and played with Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia, Jerry Jeff Walker, and Willie Nelson, is an eclectic artist. Bromberg and his Quintet play bluegrass, blues, folk, jazz, country and western, and rock and roll. He is known for his quirky, humorous lyrics, and the ability to play rhythm and lead guitar at the same time.
With the recent release of her 2018 Juno-nominated album, Tamara Lindeman, aka The Weather Station, is being hailed as one of Canada’s best songwriters with comparisons to Joni Mitchell.
Stark, elemental imagery that feels like scripture, or a lost folk song recovered, the Birds of Chicago draw heavily on tradition and the music feels like a new, secular gospel of sorts. For Birds of Chicago, every word counts. Every note counts.
Also, celebrate family with incredible children’s performers, workshops, and activities throughout the weekend, including Fred Penner, a 4-time children’s Juno-award winner, Splash ’N Boots, and Jangles the Magical Clown.
This year’s Local Spotlight features Justin Latam, Max Marshall, and Tara Watts.
The gates open on Saturday and Sunday at 11am for performances and workshops and the Kingsville 2nd Scouts’ annual pancake breakfast. Enjoy delicious foods, browse and shop the hand-made village featuring 18 artists from the Arts Society of Kingsville, sip on The Grove Brew House’s award-winning craft beer, Pelee Island Winery wines, and the Caesar bar.
- Alan Doyle
- David Bromberg Quintet
- Heather Rankin
- Ian Thomas
- Fred Penner
- The Weather Station
- Eugene Smith
- Birds of Chicago
- Old Man Grant
- Jory Nash
- Slocan Ramblers
- T Nile
- Shawna Caspi
- Citizen Jane
- George Crotty
- Angelique Francis
- Ben Sures
- Sherman Downey
- Janet Cull
- Rube & Raqke
- Justin Latam
- Tara Watts
- Max Marshall
- Veronique Mandal
- Jangles the Clown
- Ben Hasenger Ukulele Workshop
- Dale Butler Guitar Workshop
In partnership with The Grove Brew House, the festival will officially kick-off on Thursday, August 9 with a concert featuring three festival acts under the tent on Main Street, from 6pm to 11pm.
For further information, tickets, performers visit the Kingsville Folk Festival website.