Gord Downie, The Dardanelles, and The Masterless Men headline the acts to perform at the 38th annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival in August.
Downie, best known as the frontman for The Tragically Hip, will perform without his band, but will be joined by a special guest — although event organizer John Drover coyly declined to name who that will be.
This will be the 38th year for the folk festival, which has traditionally been held at Bannerman Park in downtown St. John's.
However, due to ongoing renovations within the park, and at the neighbouring Colonial Building, the festival will take place at Bowring Park in the west end of St. John's for the second year in a row.
But Drover said there's no question that the event will return to Bannerman Park in 2015.
"Absolutely. As good as Bowring Park is — and really it is a fantastic concert site, (with) great sight lines, lots of open space — there's just something about being downtown at Bannerman Park, being under the trees with some patio lanterns up there," said Drover, president of the board of directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society. "There's the nostalgia factor which makes the festival all that much better."
Kudos for city
He also credited the City of St. John's with considering the festival's future needs at Bannerman Park.
"Part of (the renovations) has been to put in the infrastructure specifically for the folk festival," he said. "We gave the city the layout for our traditional festival plan and they've run underground electricity for us. They really have gone out of their way to accommodate the folk festival, and it is the traditional home for it."
Other acts appearing this year include French Canadian folk masters De Temps Antan, Jesse Lége's foot-stompin' Cajun dance hall music from Louisiana, Juno nominee and folk singer-songwriter Basia Bulat and her autoharp, The Freels, Fortunate Ones, and Andrew James O'Brien and Catherine Allan.
This year's festival is set for Aug. 8-10, with tickets available online at ticketpro.ca or by phone at 1-888-311-9090.
More information is available at www.nlfolkfestival.com.