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Folk festival offers 10 years of music in one

By Valerie MacDonald, Northumberland Today

GRAFTON - 

With both the Songwriters Showcase (Aug. 1) and Home Made Jam (Aug.9) over, what's left is the Shelter Valley Folk Festival itself – this year celebrating its 10th year.

From the showcase held in Cobourg, three performers earned the right to join well-established performers on the main stage of the Labour Day weekend’s well-known music and lifestyle festival – and they include Neil Salter of Port Hope, Brooke Sturzenegger of Grafton and Alderville resident Cale Crowe.

They were not defined by blues, rock or jazz but chosen for their use of a single, acoustic instrument with power and creativity, explains festival executive director Jan Cody.

The younger crop at Home Made Jam will not be part of the festival with past favourites which include (the home-grown) Good Lovelies, Garnet Rogers, Ruth Moody, Dala and Martyn Joseph.

"This year you get 10 years of music in one," Cody said referring to the line-up which was chosen by past festival attendees making their choices known.

The Good Lovelies, for instance, were once winners of the Songwriters Showcase and when they return to the stage this year they do so as Juno Award winners and a well-seasoned touring trio.

The last weekend of summer will see talent on the main and three side stages, and will include music seminar sessions too.

But more than music, the weekend includes the annual wellness village, sustainable (locally harvested foods) growers and retail food outlets, the juried art show, plus the family and children's village.

Tickets are selling well for the Friday to Sunday festival, way ahead of the norm, Cody said.

This Friday a "pop up" ticket venue will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Human Bean on King Street West in Cobourg.

The price of tickets changes Aug. 19 when a single, adult goes from $50 to $56 and a weekend adult pass from $69 to $81, she said.

"The best price is before Aug. 19," Cody stressed.

Within a week, a complete line up of festival events will be posted on the Shelter Valley Festival web page outlining those performers of roots, blues and folk, and newcomers like Matthew Barber.

There will also be some "world music," Cody added.

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