We’re all about the Montreal Folk Fest sur le Canal on Episode 326 of Folk Roots Radio. The 10th edition of the festival takes place on the banks of the Lachine Canal in Montreal from June 14-18 2017. Starting out as a day long festival attracting just 500 festival goers, it’s since evolved into a five-day event of free outdoor programming and ticketed indoor concerts that brings some of the best folk, roots and bluegrass music into the heart of Montreal. Festival co-founder Matt Large joins us to chat about the history of the event and this year’s lineup. We also hear from Guillaume Jabbour, leader of Quebec band Jabbour. We’re also including something very special… an excerpt from a great live studio appearance by the wonderful Birds of Chicago featuring JT Nero and Allison Russell. We round out the hour with music from some of the other performers heading to Montreal this time around. This episode is a great introduction to a festival that continues to grow – and still manages to make all its outdoor programming free to enjoy. You may not be able to get to the festival this summer, but hopefully our review may encourage you to try and make it there another year. For more information about the Montreal Folk Festival sur le Canal, visit montrealfolkfest.com. Listen to the episode and check out the playlist below.
Photo: Stephen Wilson.
And that’s all we have time for, this time around. Thanks to all the artists who share their music with us, and thank you for listening. We have a lot of great music and interviews to bring you on future shows. I hope you’ll join us!
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Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (Pre-release, self)
Landing (2017, Self) CDN
Hard Settle Ain’t Troubled (2016, Meant Well) CDN
Michael Jerome Browne
I Heard Somebody Call
Sliding Delta (2015, Borealis Records) CDN
Les Poules à Colin
Ste-Waves (2014, FamGroup) CDN
Interview: Matt Large, co-founder of the Montreal Folk Fest sur le Canal.
Earthly Day (2015, Self) CDN
Birds of Chicago
All The City Girls (Live)
Birds of Chicago
Flying Dreams (Live)
Wake Me Up
Folksinger (2015, 98 Pounder Records)
Interview: Guillaume Jabbour, leader of Quebec band Jabbour.
He Doesn’t Need You
Round The Clock (2016, Self)
Oh Little Fire (2010, Cold Snap Records) CDN