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Event Archive - 34th Annual Islands Folk Festival: Begonia, Leela Gilday, James Keelaghan, Jeremy Fisher Junior, Logan Staats, Leeroy Stagger, Aerialists, Martin Kerr, Frander, Leonard Sumner, The Sweet Lowdown, Jon Brooks, Alan Gerber, Ocie Elliott, Matt Patershuk, Oliver Swain, Eli West, The Unfaithful Servants, Paul Ruszel, Itamar Erez, Hamin Honari, Bowker Creek, John Gogo (and Sons), The Jaimey Hamilton Band, Alex Wells (Hoop Dancer), Quin Etheridge Peden, Tad Ruszel, Susannah Adams, Ainsley Elisa, The Blue Hearts

Fri. July 20th 2018 - Sun. July 22nd 2018 Providence Farm Duncan BC (All Ages)
Friday 3:00PM - 12:00AM Saturday: 10:00AM - 12:00AM Sunday: 10:00AM - 6:30PM
Opening: Thursday 1st January 1970
Tickets at: Ten Old Books
Presented by: Cowichan Folk Guild
The Cowichan Folk Guild will proudly present the 34th Islands Folk Festival July 20-22 2018 at Providence Farm in Duncan, BC. Music lovers from all over Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands are invited to join this celebration of music, featuring all the best elements of a homegrown folk festival.

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James Keelaghan (singer songwriter)

James Keelaghan is one of the brightest stars on the world folk scene today. He's earned international acclaim for his song writing and performances and has taken main-stage at some of the most prestigious festivals in the US, England, Australia, Denmark, and Hong Kong. At home in Canada, he's a Juno award winner (and three-time Juno nominee) who's... more info

Leeroy Stagger (Alt Country)

Fueled By Wine and cigarettes this former Staggers front man is back to grab you by the balls and make you fall in love with his music, when your influences include Steve Earle , Ryan Adams , The Ramones , The Velvet Undergound , The rolling Stones and The blacks Halos to name afew, you can only imagine the sound that ensues. With a promising live ... more info

Oliver Swain "Oliver Swain's BIG MACHINE" (Folk-Noir, Americana)

Oliver Swain, a Juno and WCMA nominated Americana and Folk-Noir musician from Victoria BC spent a dozen years in some of North Americas most loved roots bands(Outlaw Social, The Duhks, The Bills) before releasing 'In a BIG MACHINE' in 2011 to rave reviews “Oliver Swain's brilliant vocals and genre-agnostic style make 'In a BIG MACHINE' one of the... more info

Paul Ruszel (singer/songwriter)

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PAUL RUSZEL Paul was born in Toronto on April 16, 1953. He is an accomplished singer-songwriter who, over the course of the last 40 years, has written hundreds of songs. Paul embraces the old-time storytelling tradition, where his lyrics are as much poetry as they are music. He is a mainstay of The Islands Folk Festival where he has been ... more info

John Gogo (Country)

John Gogo is a singer/songwriter from Nanaimo on Vancouver Island on the West Coast of Canada. John blends pop sensibilities with traditional style North American roots music. Some people point out country inflections. Others note the influences of folk. John Gogo has released 3 full length albums and toured Canada several times. He has written a n... more info

Tad Ruszel (Post Folk Fusion)

“There is a spark and absolute joy in watching Tad Ruszel perform. That night at the bar, I found myself entranced at times, clapping and singing along at others. His gift for music reaches far beyond the ordinary; it’s like he melts with the audience and you’re in for the ride together. Then you pop out the other side rejuvenated yet totally... more info

Susannah Adams (Jazz Vocalist)

A versatile musician, vocalist Susannah Adams has enjoyed performing in numerous ensembles with many of Victoria’s finest jazz musicians. Swinging with grace and ease, Susannah’s vocals are enchanting and sweet, yet daringly hip. Weaving her way through the Great American Songbook she demonstrates her jazz sensibility as she delights in impr... more info
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