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He’s played with a veritable who’s who of blues greats, and no wonder. This hard working, hard driving, award-winning blues guitar virtuoso has earned his place among them.

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The Back To The Garden pre-show podcast is up now for your listening pleasure…check it out!

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Bringing their breathtakingly beautiful harmonies back to the Vancouver Island MusicFest this year are the Wailin’ Jennys after many years away. They’re yet another example of how a great music festival attracts and returns great performers.
We tracked Jenny’s co-founder Nicky Mehta down in Winnipeg in June.

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It’s not every day one gets to hear an Appalachian folk music take on an 18th century English Romantic poet, but then it’s not every day one gets to hear the Martha Redbone Roots Project.
MusicFest Sunday, however, brings you three chances to hear Martha’s infectious, glorious voice adding new meaning to roots, folk and blues.
We caught up with Martha Redbone in New York City.

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There is great joy and celebration to be heard in the music of Zimbabwe’s Oliver Mtukudzi, also known as “Tuku music”, but his latest album – incredibly, his 60th – marks the tragic loss of his son Sam in 2010. We caught up with Oliver on tour in Louisiana, where he spoke about the challenges of mixing celebration with pain.

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You might recognize him from the classic 1972 film Deliverance, or RoboCop, or any one of dozens of other movie and TV roles, but there’s a lot more to Ronny Cox than his acting. In fact, it was his musical talent that helped to launch his film career. A great storyteller, Cox joined us from his cabin in California with thoughts on the movie that changed everything and the music that means even more.

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The Fretless bring their high-energy string thing to the Vancouver Island MusicFest for the first time in 2013, but the group already has strong ties to the Island and the Comox Valley.

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With two albums already under her belt, Ariana Gillis will be making her first trip to the west coast for this year’s Vancouver Island MusicFest.

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It wouldn’t feel like MusicFest without him. Amos Garrett is back again this year, rightly featured in a Guitar Heroes collaboration on the mainstage with Albert Lee, David Wilcox and James Burton. Dan MacLennan tracked him down at his home in High River, Alberta in February.

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Matt Andersen is coming back to the Vancouver Island Music Festival and bringing songs from his “dream” album Coal Mining Blues.

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BettySoo returns once more to the Vancouver Island Music Fest.

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Ever wonder how and why the music festival line-up comes together?

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How does a Prairie girl become Queen of the Swamp Blues?

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