2009 Reviews

PREVIEW: Hazardous territory. Peter Hemminger, FFWD Weekly, July 23, 2009

24 July 2009

Colin Meloy guides The Decemberists into concept-rock territory A swooning maiden; a murderous rake; a magical shape-shifter — the cast of characters in The Hazards of Love is about as removed from rock convention as it gets. The fifth full-length album from Portland, Oregon’s The Decemberists,...

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PREVIEW: Akron/Family set 'em free of cynicism, Peter Hemminger, FFWD Weekly, July 23, 2009

24 July 2009

Eclectic folk rockers are progressively positive   “To turn your back on something that’s sincere — I mean, it might not be for you, and that’s fine — but to turn on it because it is sincere is a real shame,” says Akron/Family drummer Dana...

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PREVIEW: Mirah is not a robot, Josiah Hughes, FFWD Weekly, July 23, 2009

24 July 2009

Pacific Northwest singer-songwriter brings a distinct humanness to the Folk Fest “I’m not a robot,” Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn says on the phone from her Portland, Oregon home. The Philadelphia-born singer-songwriter, who has lived on the West Coast for nearly two decades, is assuring me...

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PREVIEW: Post-punk piss-takes from The Mekons, Jesse Locke, FFWD Weekly, July 23, 2009

24 July 2009

Nostalgia and Eagles-referencing from the original punks-gone-folk From vapid professors to the British National Party, prog rock superstars to the music industry at large, The Mekons have never shied away from kicking against the pricks. Formed from the same group of University of Leeds art students...

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PREVIEW: Rhinestone Cowboy rides on, Mary-Lynn Wardle, FFWD Weekly, July 23, 2009

24 July 2009

Even after 70 albums, the novelty hasn’t worn off for Glen Campbell He’s released more than 70 albums, sold 45 million records and had 27 Top 10 songs, so it’s no wonder Country Music Hall of Famer Glen Campbell hears one of his songs...

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PREVIEW: Workin' overtime, Nathan Atnikov, FFWD Weekly, July 23, 2009

24 July 2009

Folk fest workshops give artists a chance to let loose   The side-stage workshops at the Calgary Folk Music Festival can be daunting to navigate. Bands from all over the world are strewn shotgun-style across the six stages that pepper Prince’s Island Park, leading to...

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PREVIEW: Folk Fest 2009: Not to be missed, Patrick Boyle, FFWD Weekly

24 July 2009

Calgary's summer music season rolls on today with the kickoff of the 2009 Folk Fest. Calgary's summer music season rolls on today with the kickoff of the 2009 Folk Fest. The pages of this week's FFWD are replete with coverage but I'll also...

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Multicultural acts light up folk fest's Day 1, Eric Volmers, Calgary Herald, July 24, 2009

24 July 2009

Umalali brightens tone after Franti calls in sick Perhaps it was the bummer news that Michael Franti had called in sick as headliner of the opening-night festivities. Or perhaps it's because the once-raucous "running of the tarpies," which in years past found revellers galloping onto...

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Province boosts Inglewood's musical dream, Stephen Hunt, Calgary Herald, July 24, 2009

24 July 2009

In Texas, all the best music flows through Austin. In Calgary, soon it may flow through Inglewood. On Thursday, Calgary Fort MLA Wayne Cao announced the provincial government has committed $500,000 towards the construction of a new festival hall in Inglewood that will be part...

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New folks, Mike Bell, Calgary Herald, July 22, 2009

23 July 2009

Latest crop of festival acts defy traditional definition   Spotlight The Calgary Folk Music Festival runs Thursday through Sunday at Prince's Island Park. --- To know where you're going, you have to know where you began. It's an axiom apropos to much in life, elements that are as large...

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