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Tag: Northwest Folklife Festival

May
22nd

Sharing tunes: See world cultures and local performers at this year’s Northwest Folklife Festival in Seattle this weekend

Olympia Celtic band Loch Dhu, playing at Folklife this weekend. Photo courtesy Julie Bennett.
Olympia Celtic band Loch Dhu, playing at Folklife this weekend. Photo courtesy Julie Bennett.

For many folk around Puget Sound (and further afield), Memorial Weekend means one thing: the Northwest Folklife Festival. The free festival, now in its 42nd year, celebrates all things folk: music, dancing, poetry and art from as many cultures as you can think of. But it’s not just a draw for the crowds who come to listen and watch – it attracts plenty of local performers who want to be part of one of the biggest folk festivals in the country. Among them are Olympia bands Sunshine and Irony, The Shivas, Grizzle Grazzle, plus a couple of Oly fisherman poets and more – and what they like best about Folklife is the chance to meet and share with other performers.

“It’s exciting, it’s fun,” explains Julie Bennett, a percussionist with no less than four Oly-based bands playing this year’s Folklife: Celtic band Loch Dhu, the Contra Quartet and Olympia Volunteer String Band (both contradance bands) and a pick-up brass marching band. “It’s an opportunity to meet other musicians and share music we know, whether it’s common tunes or new ones.”

And the way that happens is behind the scenes at jam sessions. Before, after and between the many, many scheduled stage performances at Folklife are the jam sessions, where musicians – who all volunteer their time to perform – just play together and have fun. Read more »

May
28th

Critic’s Picks: New vocal ensemble Canonici, On taiko/electronic fusion, Northwest Folklife Festival and PNB’s “Coppélia”

On Ensemble world taiko

The Broadway Center presents the On Ensemble combining Japanese taiko drums and percussion with electronica and Tuvan throat singing in a world music fusion. 7:30 p.m. May 28. $39/$24. Rialto Theater, 310 S. 9th St., Tacoma. 253-591-5894, www.broadwaycenter.org

Canonici Consort of Voices

Tacoma’s new early music vocal ensemble, led by singers like Anne Lyman and James Brown, presents a concert of Renaissance a cappella music by Dufay, Ockeghem, De la Rue and Josquin. 7:30 p.m. May 28. $12/$10 students and seniors. Skyline Presbyterian Church, 6301 Westgate Blvd, Tacoma. canonici@comcast.net

Northwest Folklife Festival

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