Music festival gearing up

  • May. 29, 2009 6:00 p.m.

Submitted article–We are dancing at the edge this year! We are thinking of a warm, sunny day, festival banners everywhere, friends, laughter, food and music. That is happiness, and next comes dancing at the Tlell Fairgrounds on Friday – Sunday, August 7, 8, 9. Our headliners are Victoria’s Ballgag n’ Chain Gang, with their own unique solid, danceable rhythms they call “Ho Tonk,” drawing on rock, folk, bluegrass, roots, hip-hop, punk and country; Shane Philip, a one-man show delivering primordial pulses on his didgeridoo and other instruments, borrowing sounds from folk, reggae, and blues but with high-energy dance rhythms; and Jarimba, a world beat group who combines the music of West Africa with jazz and Afro-Cuban to move the spirit of the listener to dance. Featured artists this year will include Random Order’s rock music returning to our festival, the Tempest Gale Duo with folk stylings, and John Spearn, also returning to with pure Canadiana in rootsy voice and guitar featuring his new song Haida Gwaii. Other local and off-island talent will complete our program, and we will also feature special events including our children’s tent, food and local crafts vendors, workshops, and fringe activities.The Edge of the World Music Festival is a family event. Camping is available in a Provincial Park campground across the street, and other local camping and B&B accommodations are available. Check out our website, www.edgefestival.com for more info and a photo gallery from previous festivals.

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