After 15 years of showcasing the best in local, national and international talent, Canterbury Folk Music Festival organizers are set once again to capture the hearts of music lovers July 8-10 featuring an internationally known Grammy-winning artist.
Topping the eclectic lineup is David Clayton Thomas, the Grammy winning Canadian singer/songwriter/musician and lead vocalist for the trailblazing jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears.
Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 2007 for his Spinning Wheel composition in the Canadian Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, Clayton-Thomas also boasts an impressive solo career as a blues/jazz/folk/rock performer.
“This is going to a great year,” said festival founder/artistic director Ted Comiskey. “We’ve got David Clayton-Thomas, the Mudmen, Dan Stacey, and Graham Wardrop from New Zealand, Linda Simpson, an original member of Magna Carta and performers from home and around the world.
“From day one we have always pledged to highlight the best –whether it’s local, provincial or national entertainers in music, dance and other facets of the visual arts. Audiences love seeing Bob Breen, Scott Doyle, the wonderful dance companies, the Ingersoll Pipe Band, Tia McGraff while welcoming back Ingersoll native ME (Marion) Law.”
This year’s lineup includes:
- Stratford’s Dan Stacey, a major influence in the evolution of Canadian fiddling and Ottawa Valley step dancing.
- The high-energy Celtic Rock Band – the Mudmen.
- New Zealand’s finest finger style guitarist Graham Wardrop.
- Jay Semko, singer/songwriter/bassist with The Northern Pikes and film/TV music composer.
- Linda Simpson, one of the original members of Magna Carta, the progressive folk/rock group formed in London, England in 1969.
- Corduroy Road, an award-winning alt-country band from Guelph.
Add to the mix, local/provincial performers like Woodstock vocalist Denal Soares, singer/songwriter/musician Bernie Gilmore, and guitar impresario Ken Archer, the ever-popular host/musician Bruce MacGreggor (Magoo), along with keyboardist Jim Gonder and host/performer Ted Comiskey.
“We try to provide a wide range of styles and performances that will satisfy the most eclectic tastes of our audiences,” added Comiskey. “I believe this year’s show will meet and even surpass our goal.
“This is a free three-day concert, although we do pass around the hats from time-to-time for your contributions. Its success is due to contributions from established and new sponsors, the performers, good weather and our audiences. Canterbury is fun for the whole family so come out and join us for a weekend of song, dance, food and great artisans/craftspeople.”
More information can be found at http://www.canterburyfolkfestival.on.ca/.
Geoff Dale is a Woodstock-based freelance writer.