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.
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.
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.
You know you’ve made it when…
Vancouver Island Brewery creates a special Ale for Vancouver Island MusicFest 2013.
Friday – July 12
The Wailin’ Jennys
Oliver Mtukudzi & the Black Spirits
Guitar Heros w Albert Lee, Amos Garrett , James Burton, David Wilcox
Walk Off The Earth
Saturday – July 13
A Curva Da Cintura featuring Toumani Diabate
Blitz The Ambassador
Sunday – July 14
Martha Redbone Roots Project
World Famous Headliners
Mary Chapin Carpenter & Marc Cohn
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.
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.
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.
Thinking of camping at MusicFest this year? Online registration will be available as of March 1, 2013
It took a little more then 48 hours for the first series of Vancouver Island MusicFest 2013 tickets to sell out.
Matt Andersen is coming back to the Vancouver Island Music Festival and bringing songs from his “dream” album Coal Mining Blues.
To keep things exciting, VIMF has added some final musical touches to the 2011 roster with the addition of Eccodek and Vonda Shepard.
The countdown is on – and visions of the 2011 Festival Magic are dancing through the heads of music lovers everywhere. 2011 weekend passes go on sale Wednesday December 1st at ticket outlets across Vancouver Island. The first 1000 weekend passes are ONLY $99 and then the regular early bird price kicks in.
Vancouver Island MusicFest is blessed to have many talented friends who use their incredible skills and abilities to capture the magic of VIMF each and every summer.
Day Passes are also on sale NOW for Vancouver Island MusicFest 2010. Friday Night is only $69. Saturday or Sunday Full Day Passes are only $89!
Check out our list of community ticket outlets (including ALL Thrifty Foods locations) and save on service charges and shipping fees right up until June 30th.
Festival fans have just 2 weeks left to get their hands on weekend passes to Vancouver Island MusicFest 2010 for just $99! Check out the sweet line up planned for this summer and get ready to enjoy Roberta Flack, Joan Osborne, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Adrian Belew, Tony Trischka, The Unthanks so so many more.
It’s time for VIMF fans to show the love! Vancouver Island MusicFest has just been nominated in CBC Radio 3’s Searchlight competition to find the best music festival in Canada. And the winner will be picked by you! Go to CBC Radio 3 Searchlight, log on and vote for Vancouver Island MusicFest. You can vote once a day, every day – just like taking vitamins…or brushing your teeth…Vote early, vote often!
Vancouver Island MusicFest would like to congratulate these past MusicFest performers for their recently announced Grammy Nominations! Ruthie Foster, Rambin’ Jack Elliott, Duke Robillard, John Hammond, Robert Cray, Mavis Staples, Steve Earle and Bela Fleck.
A million thanks to all our volunteers, performers, supporters, Living Green Partners, artists, and audience for helping to make our 2009 festival a resounding success. Plans and dreams are already flying…