July 26 – 29, 2018 at Prince’s Island Park, get ready to look sharp at the 39th annual Calgary Folk Music Festival. Uncover many sonic layers with your favourite – and soon to be favourite – original, groundbreaking icons and upstart songwriters and instrumentalists.
71 artists from 13 countries, 7 Canadian provinces and 8 indigenous nations perform on seven stages around the Island.
On Thursday night, hear the soulful gospel sounds of The War and Treaty, acoustic harmonic duo-turned-band The Milk Carton Kids, British troubadour Passenger and indie pop quartet Alvvays.
Friday night, celebrate Joe Jackson's diverse, iconic 40+ year career plus enjoy Australian Aboriginal icon Archie Roach, the seductive pop… of Rhye, and the eloquent indie sounds of Stars.
Saturday night opens with 2018 World Music Juno Award-winners Kobo Town, psychedelic dub ensemble African Head Charge, the broken-hearted country rock of Lee Ann Womack, Calgary heroes Reuben and the Dark’s introspective, anthemic sounds and closes with A Tribe Called Red’s electric powwow.
Sunday night’s festivities include Shovels and Rope with their signature roots/punk/country creations, alt-country/indie-rock crooner Neko Case and deft guitarist and cool-breeze melodist Bahamas.
That’s just a taste of the genre-crushing music could become your summer soundtrack. See the full lineup below!
A Tribe Called Red
AFRICAN HEAD CHARGE
The Barr Brothers
Ben Caplan & The Casual Smokers
Carmelo Torres y su cumbia sabanera
Cassie and Maggie
Clinton St. John
The Deep Dark Woods
Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton
Kevin Breit presents Johnny Goldtooth and The Chevy Casanovas
Land of Talk
Lee Ann Womack
The Milk Carton Kids
The Mission Songs Project
Reuben and the Dark
Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
Scenic Route to Alaska
Shovels & Rope
The Small Glories
Tom Phillips and The D.T.s
The War and Treaty