Mudcat Café message #2248099 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #108148   Message #2248099
Posted By: Jon Bartlett
29-Jan-08 - 03:39 PM
Thread Name: Princeton BC Trad. Music Festival, 16-17 Aug 2008
Subject: RE: Princeton BC Trad. Music Festival, 2008
Thanks, Carter, look forward to meeting you! Yes, it's Miner country but more to the point, it's mining country. Gold first found here 1885 in Granite Creek, then coal (there are worked seams under this house!) and copper (at Copper Mountain). We have vernacular songs from each of these industries - the local paper (Similkameen Star, 1900- )is a good source for material like this; plus we have railway and ranching songs. We're hoping to run mining song workshops with representation from the Vancouver Island mines, the Crows Nest Pass mines and maybe Glace Bay from NS. We also have unions, strikes, and the Klan (seriously!) in our history, all generating songs, too. A rich heritage indeed.

Jon Bartlett