For those who miss the launch event, the video will also be available on Mariposa’s website at www.mariposafolk.com.
Episode 4 will be hosted by Tre Burt, critically acclaimed folk singer on John Prine’s Oh Boy record label, and also features Mariposa favourites: Birds of Chicago, performing a Prine classic. The video includes tremendous footage of John Prine, and some special appearances from his legion of friends.
These Mariposa Virtual Stage’s “Episodes” are unlike any other online concerts, as they pay homage to folk and Mariposa legends by combining rare and unearthed archival footage with compelling contemporary performances.
The Episodes are a celebration of the Mariposa Folk Festival’s 60th anniversary and another example of Mariposa remaining “true to our roots – for generations to come”.
Mariposa Folk Festival is kicking-off the announcements for this summer’s lineup with a very big bang.
The rare talent, true original and revered songwriter, John Prine, has signed-on to help celebrate the 60th anniversary of Mariposa Folk Festival taking place July 3-5, 2020.
Prine is one of the most often requested artists by festival attendees and has been high on Mariposa’s artistic wish list for many years.
Artistic Director, Liz Scott, exclaimed, “Few artists have achieved the significance of this rare talent and true original, and his fans are absolutely devout. I am thrilled to welcome John Prine to the Mariposa Main Stage this year, on the heels of another award-winning, highly-acclaimed album.”
Mariposa Folk Foundation President and Festival Chair, Pam Carter, stated, “It’s our 60th anniversary festival, and presenting music icon John Prine is a wonderful way proclaim Mariposa’s storied past”. Carter added, “Our programming will also reflect Mariposa’s importance on Canada’s music scene as a contemporary folk festival”.
The three-day Mariposa Folk Festival features more than ten stages of top folk-roots music, along with presentations of story, dance and craft. All ticket categories are on sale. Kids 12 & under are admitted free. The festival has special pricing for youth and young adults. Onsite RV and tent camping is available.
Mike Hill, Author of The Mariposa Folk Festival: A History – Mariposa Talks Interview
In this Mariposa Talks Interview, Mike Hill, author of The Mariposa Folk Festival: A History, published by Dundurn Press, regales viewers with interesting anecdotes from what is the definitive book about Mariposa’s storied past. The ‘tell all’ relies on a rich treasure trove of incidents, surprises, ups and downs, and personal recollections of Mariposa Folk Festival. Some interesting nuggets are served-up in this edition of Mariposa Talks.
A poet of confessional songs, pop-folk artist, Dar Williams, has been described in The New Yorker as one of America’s very best singer-songwriters. She writes from personal experience, many of her songs based on people she grew up with, and she keeps her feet to the fire with subject matter that is sometimes risky but always topical. Recurring themes include religion, adolescence, gender, commercialism, loss, humor, mythology, power and other stimulating motifs.
Dar is also an exemplary citizen, as the many groups she has supported – environmental, feminist, and social-justice – would attest.
Joan Baez was an early fan, taking her out on the road and recording several of her songs. Dar is also associated with Nerissa and Katryna Nields (The Nields), Max Cohen, Gideon Freudmann, John Prine, and Cliff Eberhardt, formed the group Cry Cry Cry with Lucy Kaplansky and Richard Shindell, and has toured with many of the biggest names in folk-roots music.
Mariposa Folk Festival is very pleased to welcome Dar Williams to our stage!