Book Release and CD Compilation Marks 25th Anniversary of Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival
Lunenburg, NS – November 10, 2011 – There are folk festivals that have existed for a longer period of time and certainly there are larger, but the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival has been around for 25 years and have decided to mark the occasion with the release of a new book that looks back at the history and a compilation CD that contains some of the top folk talent in Canada today.
Tom Sheppard has written for the Chronicle Herald and for many years the local newspaper and put his talents to work to uncover a wonderful history of the festival by the sea. We spoke with him about his book and you can listen to our interview on the Soundcloud file below.
Of course it is the volunteer effort that makes a Festival like this last. 25 years ago, Bill Plaskett, was one of many who decided Lunenburg was a good location to have a folk festival. He spoke with us to reflect back on the beginning of the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival, but the roll it has played in the community over those years.
Bill Plasket is the father of Joel Plaskett and there are many Youtube videos of them playing together at the Festival. One of the songs on the compilation of album is Joel’s “Love This Town” who joins an all-star cast on a limited production CD that is available for purchase. The funds from the book and CD help sustain the ongoing operations of the Festival.
Hear, all in one place, 30 of Folk Harbour's most memorable performers/groups over their 25-year history.
Another Morning—JP Cormier
I Quit My Job—Old Man Luedecke
If You Were For Me—Rose Cousins
House on Dusty Ground—House of Doc
Tom Screen Door—David Francey
Let Me Rise—Eve Goldberg
Where the Westerlies Blow Onshore—Don Osburn
The Maple Leaf Forever—Finest Kind
Prairie Sky—Penny Lang
Doney Gal—Jeff Davis
Gospel Music (Makes Me Feel Alright)—Ken Whiteley
Fisherman's Farewell—Starb'ard Side
When My Angel Gets the Blues—Matt Andersen
Don't Know What You Got (Til It's Gone)—Grass Mountain Hobos
Hillcrest Mine—James Keeleghan
Bird on a Wing—Connie Kaldor
Rattliin' Roar—The Barra MacNeils
The Witch of the West-Mer-Lands—Archie Fisher
Val's Dream—Gordon Stobbe
We Got a Love Like That—Suzie Vinnick & Rick Fines
The Captain and the Queen—Dan McKinnon
Lest We Forget—Artisan
Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream—Ed McCurdy
Fell Back Up—Church, Crowe & Rankin
Suil a Gra—Anita Best & Pamela Morgan
Still the Song Lives On—Clary Croft
Love This town—Joel Plaskett
The book launch will be held on November 20th, 2011 from 2:00 to 4:00pm at 150 Montague St., the Concordia Suites. The Cusack Brothers will set the musical tone and then Suzie Vinnick will share an intimate and personal performance. A short reading by author Tom Sheppard, a slide show of past festival highlights, refreshments and, of course, books and the 25th anniversary compilation cd will be on sale. ($40.00 for the book and cd, which is a savings of $10 if you bought them separately)
Here's a great idea... make it a weekend of entertainment in Lunenburg! Attend the Saturday evening (November 19th) concert featuring Suzie Vinnick and guests the Hupman Brothers.