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.
In this interview for the Mariposa Talks series, ukulele maestro James Hill tells us why he chose the ukulele over the violin (it was more fun), talks about some exciting new directions he’s taken in his latest album, and addresses the question of whether the name of his instrument should be pronounced “yuke-a-laylee” or “ook-oo-laylee.”
Here’s some live performance videos of James Hill for your enjoyment:
Labour Songs Have Never Sounded Better: Maria Dunn Joins The Mariposa Line-Up
Often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and unvarnished tunes about the lives of working people, Maria Dunn draws deeply on the folk tradition of storytelling through song.
Melding North American roots music with her Scottish-Irish heritage, her music celebrates the resilience and grace of regular folk.
Her recordings have been received with high critical praise including Piece by Piece (2012), a collection of songs about the resilience and grace of immigrant women working at a Canadian clothing factory over its 93-year history.
Labour songs have a special place in folk music, and this gifted singer-songwriter, guitarist and accordionist, does the genre great justice.
Hearing Zachary Lucky’s songs, it would seem impossible to separate the singer-songwriter from his prairie origins.
Before finding folk music, this grandson of country music artist Smilin’ Johnny Lucky, was a member of two pop bands.
Still only in his mid 20s, Zachary Lucky already has six releases to his credit. On his latest release, The Ballad Of Losing You, there is an inherent shift. As the album title suggests, Lucky has constructed an earnest and personal narrative about the uncertainty of loss and of transformation.
According to No Depression, “Lucky’s songs have lived lifetimes. They sit you down, tell you their stories and heighten your senses to the wonders of nature, love and self”.
His voice is authentic and rich, with a rustic timbre. His guitar playing is easy and natural. It’s a perfect pairing for the particular brand of folk of this artist who is established, yet emerging as a true original.
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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!