What's going on at day three of the Calgary Folk Music Festival

Posted by Jon Roe on 25 July 2015

A marathon of folking — gates open at 9:30 a.m. — can you handle it? Here’s some acts to watch for. 

Treat for early risers: Old Fashioned, New Fangled Workshop

Participants: Dragon Fli Empire, Kid Koala, Leftover Cuties, Petunia and the Vipers

The mix is hip-hop (locals and frequent workshop participants Dragon Fli Empire) with old-timey folk (Petunia and the Vipers) and cabaret jazz (Leftover Cuties). That leaves Kid Koala, who carries a lot of genres in his vinyl crate; he’ll fit right in. Saturday at TD Stage 1, 10:30 a.m.

Note: Stage 1 is actually at Eau Claire Market outside the festival grounds. Even if you don’t have a pass you can check it out. 

Hip-hop chameleon: Socalled

That video is strange, but it captures the fun of Socalled (he’s the guy with the glasses). He crafts his hip-hop jams using atypical instrumental mixes — in case you were wondering where to go for your annual dose of klezmer. Saturday at Field Law Stage 3, 4:45 p.m. 

Music alternative: Derek Seguin

The talk tent has been a good addition to the folk fest over the last few years for those looking for a change of pace. This year features comedians (Adora Nwofor, Noor Kidwai, Martha Chaves and Seguin), comedic long-form storytelling (Happy Endings) and artist panel discussions (Richard Flohil’s War Stories). Seguin has been at Just For Laughs six times and a frequent contributor to CBC Radio’s The Debaters. Saturday and Sunday at Talk Tent, 1:25 p.m. and 4:20 p.m 

Music to make you think: Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

The latest album by the group, We The Common, reflects a turn for primary songwriter Thao Nguyen from looking at her own inward problems to wider social and political commentary, part of stemming from her work with the California Coalition for Women Prisoners. That sounds heavy, but the music is still fun. Saturday at National Stage 4, 7:35 p.m. 

The headliner: Buffy Saint Marie

Power in the Blood, released this year, marks the first album the 74-year-old has released in seven years. It showcases her blend of influences, as you can hear on the “Sing Our Own Song,” a cover of UB40’s anti-apartheid reggae classic. Saturday at Mainstage, 10:25 p.m.