Folk Roots Radio Episode 394: Summerfolk 2018 Preview

Folk Roots Radio Episode 394: Summerfolk Preview

We’re getting set for the 2018 Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival which takes place the weekend of August 17-19 in Kelso Park, on the shores of Georgian Bay, just outside Owen Sound. One of the friendliest festivals out there, and now in its 43rd year, it’s always a fabulous weekend. Each year, Summerfolk prides itself in putting together a wonderful musical line-up, and the 2018 edition is no exception. This year’s festival features more than 40 different musical acts from Canada and across the world in genres that range from folk, roots, country and bluegrass, to blues, and even hip-hop and funk. As always, there are also lots of children’s activities, community workshops, artisan booths, dozens of food vendors… and two licensed areas. Artistic Director James Keelaghan joins us on Episode 394 of Folk Roots Radio to chat about the role of the AD and some of the artists he’s excited to see at the festival. We also check out music from Summerfolk 2018 performers Rose Cousins, Bahamas, Suzie Vinnick, Susan Aglukark, Goitse, Calan, Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer and Vishtèn. Check out the full playlist below.

Summerfolk 2018 Line-up

Calan, The Hut People, The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, Beppe Gambetta, Suzie Vinnick, Mama’s Broke, Si Kahn, Drew McIvor, Kunle, Stephen Fearing, Vishtèn, Goitse, Nick Sherman, Treasa Levasseur, The Primary Colours (Doug Cox with Kim Ritchey and Linda McRae), Rob Elder, Tanika Charles, Rose Cousins, Susan Aglukark, Joel Morelli, Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar, Sarah Harmer, Bahamas, Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie, The Kubasonics, Polky Village Band, Lorrainne Sutton, Urban Highlanders, Adonis Puentes, Circle’s Corner Dance Band, My Son the Hurricane, The Lifers, Paige Ballagh, Tallbeat, Fred Penner, Emily Gilbart* Willem James Cowan*, Basset*, Fork ‘N Harp* 
Esther’s Family*

*Youth Discoveries

You can learn more about the artists appearing at Summerfolk this year, on their website HERE.


For more information about Summerfolk, visit

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!


You can listen to this episode again on Soundcloud by following the link below. You can also listen to episodes of Folk Roots Radio, on demand, via iTunes, Stitcher and Tune-in Radio. (Click on the highlighted link to reach your chosen platform.)


Nicolas & The Iceni (Theme)
Lucy She Rises (Demo)
Roll Right (Pre-release, self)

Rose Cousins
Natural Conclusion (2017, Outside Music) CDN

Way With Words
Earthtones (2017, Barchords) CDN

Suzie Vinnick
All I Wanna Do
Shake The Love Around (2018, Self) CDN

Susan Aglukark
This Must Be The Place
Dreaming Of Home (2013, Self) CDN

Transformed (2012, Self)

Interview: Artistic Director James Keelaghan chats about the 2018 Summerfolk lineup.

Senwir Solomon
Solomon (2017, Sain Recordiau Cyf.)

Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer
Get Ready
Apocalipstick (2017, Self) CDN

Vishtèn Live (2009, Sandbar Music) CDN

About the author


Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005 before developing into a syndicated radio show. As the host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan focuses on bringing new folk, roots and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. Jan is also a much sought after stage host and festival emcee. In 2019, Jan Hall received Folk Music Ontario's prestigious Estelle Klein Award for her contribution to Ontario's folk music community.

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