Discount music festival passes now available

  • Jul. 10, 2009 8:00 p.m.

Submitted by Pat Carrie Smith for the Edge of the World Music Festival -We are dancing on the edge this year! It’s happening at the Tlell Fairgrounds, August 7, 8, 9. You can buy your 20 percent discount weekend tickets in island villages until August 2. This year’s festival line-up includes music for every taste: headliners Ballgag ‘n’ Chain Gang with danceable rhythms they call “Ho Tonk;” Shane Philip’s primordial high-energy dance folk, reggae, and blues pulses on his didgeridoo; Jarimba’s music of West Africa with jazz and Afro-Cuban; Random Order returning to the festival with their unique hard-edged symphonic rock; the Shuffle Demons’ five-piece jazz fusion with free jazz moments, danceable funk, poetry, and killer solos; The Kerplunks, who play catchy tunes guaranteed to get kids engaged; and our own Retrosphere’s amalgamation of 90s styled alternative rock, punk rock, and metal. Other off-island music features Nice Verdes of Australia, with their own world fusion blend of traditional music and original compositions, Tempest Gale’s folk stylings of melodic folk-punk with some middle-eastern influence, Theresa Pasaluko’s music from roots, alternative, country, and rock influences, John Spearn, returning to our festival with his pure Canadiana in rootsy voice and guitar, and Gillian Hobbs, a folk/pop singer songwriter. Local performers include Rip Tyde, Jen Wilson, Sangan River Perceptum, Crabapple Creek Electric Jug Band, and Backdraft Blues Band. The children’s tent will include singer Jusquan Bedard, a puppet show with Maggie Winston, and mask-making. Fringe events this year will feature Mitchelle Soulfeather, Etchi Zaleski, Alan Lore, and last year’s successful lantern parade will be seen on the grounds on Friday and Saturday evenings. Get involved this year! The festival is still looking for a billeting/transportation coordinator and a grounds coordinator, and other volunteers are always welcome. Contact Sabrina Frazier, Check out our website,, for more details. The festival will be remembering one of our own, Roben Jones, and we will miss him.