Not just 'beards and banjos' at Calgary Folk Festival

Posted by Stephanie Froese on 23 July 2015

Final setup for Calgary Folk Music Festival before the 2015 four-day event begins. Dave WIll

Tents, towers and food trucks are in place and artists from around the world are filing into Prince’s Island Park for the 36th Annual Calgary Folk Music Festival.

An estimated 12,000 people will pile onto the Island in the heart of Calgary, making it the city’s largest summer music festival.

The four day festival running from Thursday through to Sunday still had tickets available by opening day.

Kerry Clarke, festival artistic director, told 660 NEWS even those who don’t like folk music should give it a try.

“It’s not just beads and banjos and it’s not just acoustic guitars. Like I said it is everything from folk to country and indie-pop, indie, world music, so there’s a little bit of something for everyone,” Clarke said. “It is a festival of discovery so if you’re open minded and open eared then this is the place to be.”

As many as 70 world class artists will perform on seven stages throughout the weekend.

Aussie funk-pop jam band, The John Butler Trio, headlines the main stage Thursday night.