Summer's End, Dooryard Arts Festivals Announce Line-ups

It was a big day for festival announcements in the province. Two of the new-ish favourites on the scene revealed most of their acts for some summer fun, both heavy on the Maritime talent. I was able to attend last year's Summer's End Folk Festival on Grand Manan as a guest MC, and had a grand time, relaxing in the beautiful weather and scenic delights of the Island. It's laid-back, friendly, and chock-full of up-to-the-minute Canadian talent.

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The line-up this year features that Juno-winner, banjo titan Old Man Luedecke, always a concert favourite in the Maritimes. There's Catherine MacLellan as well, another multiple award-winner, from PEI. Also on the bill are New Country Rehab, The Weather Station, The Modern Grass, Paper Beat Scissors, Michael Feuerstack, Owen Steel, Corey Isenor and Kiera Dall'Osto. Don't be surprised if organizer/Grand Manan transplant Carly Maicher gives us a set as well. Plus, she adds that there are a couple of more surprise acts to be announced soon. Tickets will be going on sale Friday, May 10, and you'll be able to pick them up at www.summersendfolkfestival.com . Plan to stay a night or two, figure out camping or a cottage or such. It's a great way to see this jewel of an island, and hear excellent music as well.

Woodstock's Dooryard Arts Festival also has put its schedule out. It's coming up August 7 - 10, and it's the fifth year for the event. This festival is a little bit different, in that it also makes sure to celebrate all sorts of artistic endeavours, including visual arts through displays, and even the culinary ones. There are 60 vendors on site in an open-air market, plus it's the 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Farm Market, so that's part of the party too, along with various workshops and children's programming.

There's also more music than ever before, from all styles. There's bluegrass from Alan Jeffries and Fifty Shades Of Blue, opera from Woodstock-born Sally Dibblee along with Andrea Dickinson, and Acadian indie-folk courtesy of Les Hay Babies. Another guy with local ties, Andrew Hunter is coming back home from Halifax to rock the place with his group The Gatherers. Also performing during the four days will be Jens Jeppesen and Joel (Hot Toddy) LeBlanc, Owen Steel, Banded Stilts, The Modern Grass, Brent Mason, Norma MacDonald, Erin Costelo, Kendra Gale Band, The Downtown Blues Band, and a further 21 acts, plus more to be announced later.

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About Bob Mersereau

Rockin' BobBob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).

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