Vancouver Folk Fest heats up on Day 1 with Delta blues, Indigenous stars, Neko Case and plenty more


It was lucky Friday the 13th for the 41st Vancouver Folk Music Festival.

A forecast heat wave kicked in just in time for the weekend and gave the Jericho Beach site a nice simmer. Appropriate heat for the deep Mississippi Delta blues stylings of Jimmy “Duck” Holmes.

A master of the Bentonian variation of the Deep South blues, Holmes got a rolling boogie going that Postmedia photographer Gerry Kahrmann said made for “a sea of bobbing heads and feet tapping in time to the rhythm.”

All that was missing was a Mason jar of shine.

VANCOUVER. July 13 2018. Jimmy ” Duck ” Holmes performs at the 41st annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival, at Jericho Beach Vancouver, July 13 2018. ( Gerry Kahrmann / PNG staff photo )( For Prov / Sun News ) 00053948A Story by stuart Derdyn [PNG Merlin Archive]

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Jimmy “Duck” Holmes performs Friday at the 41st annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival at Jericho Beach.

There is a beer tent for those in the mood for a cold one or two this weekend. But be sure to pack plenty of fluids. Water refill stations are on site, but after a taste Friday night I would have to say there is an alternative word for donkey that best describes the taste.

It’s so refreshing to have more music on the opening day of the festival, and there was a great mix on the Mainstage and Stage 3 near the concessions.

One star on the rise who floored the crowd was Manitoba Anishinaabe MC/singer Leonard Sumner, who took one of those short song breaks in between Darlingside and Three Women and the Truth to deliver some world views from an Indigenous perspective. …read more

Source:: Vancouver Sun

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