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Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012

05 Apr 12 - 12:01 AM (#3333875)
Subject: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Jon Bartlett

Date: August 17-19
Title: 5th Annual Princeton Traditional Music Festival
Location: Princeton, BC Canada. Princeton is about 300 km (200 miles) E of Vancouver (about a three-hour drive through spectacular landscape).

A free festival, and entirely volunteer-run, open to all performers of traditional music. Two outdoor stages. The festival starts Friday night with a free public dance in the town square. Presentations, workshops, concerts, panels, from 10am to 6 pm Saturday and Sunday. About 100 performers. Glorious countryside (semi-desert, mountains), an ideal vacation spot, too.

Email: Princetonfestival@telus.net
Weblog: http://princetontraditional.org/

Cheers!

Jon Bartlett
Coordinator


05 Apr 12 - 12:30 PM (#3334070)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Stewart

My wife and I are looking forward to Princeton again this August. This will be our third year there. It's a great community event - the whole town supports it, very friendly, great music, lovely locale - sort of what I guess NW Folklife used to be when if first began.

Thanks Jon for what you've done to make it a great festival.

Cheers, S. in Seattle


02 Jun 12 - 11:43 PM (#3358635)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Larry The Radio Guy

Banjo player/mandolinist/etc. Robin Cottle will be playing with me at this year's festival.

And the Princeton Traditional Music Festival is the only place you'll ever hear us play, as we live a few hundred km's apart....and get together for the festival.

We play mostly old-timey American, but who knows what else we might throw in.


04 Jun 12 - 03:57 PM (#3359240)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Jon Bartlett

Larry and Robin are just two of the performers lined up for this year's Festival. Here is an (almost) complete list:
Mary Armitage, Alex Atamanenko and Lawrence Halisheff, Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat, Choir Slovenia, Claddach, Karel Crepnjak, Dark Willow, Diggers, Doc And Nak, Erratica, Fraser Union, John Gothard, Rosaleen Gregory, Betty Hendrickson, Stewart Hendrickson, Hokum Steamers, Dick and Carol Holdstock, In The Family Way, Jasmine Fiona, King's Shilling, Lemon Gin, Little Mountain Step & Clog, Ben Meti, Morgan & Graves, Orkestar Slivovica, Out Of The Green, Pasties 'N' Porridge, Psycho Acoustic Ceili Band, Tom Rawson, Chris Roe, Larry Saidman & Robin Cottle, Sarah Jane Scouten, Penny Sidor, Skweez, Slovenian Folklore Dancers, Soft Focus, Solidarity Notes Labour Choir, Something About Reptiles, Stab The Cat, Phillip Tidd, Vazzy, Randy Vic and Becky Deryckx, Without A Net, Zeellia.

Each year we celebrate one of the founding cultures of Princeton. Last year was the year of the Scots, and this year we've put together several presentations from eastern Europe, which contributed some 40% of Princeton's population in the 20's. They came mostly for the mining - gold at Hedley, copper at Copper Mountain, just south of town, and coal at Coalmont (obviously!), Blakeburn and Princeton itself, which still sees occasional sink holes appearing in streets and gardens, where underground workings have collapsed.

We'll have accordion music from Albania, a cabaret band from Turkey, a roma band, specializing in dance and wedding musics from across the Balkans, Slovenian singers, dancers and accordion music, and Russian songs (from our MP and also from a twenty-voice Doukhobor choir).

The festival is located right downtown, is FREE and runs 17-19 August 2012. I hope to see lots of 'Catters!

Jon Bartlett


27 Jun 12 - 02:06 AM (#3368513)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Larry The Radio Guy

Orkestar Slivovica are definitely worth coming for. An incredibly energetic band, who also will be teaching some Eastern European dancing.


27 Jun 12 - 08:59 AM (#3368596)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Charley Noble

Hope to get a full report and photos of this weekend.

Maybe we'll get out there next year.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


27 Jun 12 - 07:53 PM (#3368872)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: GUEST,leeneia

It sounds great! Best wishes for a successful event in 2012.


28 Jun 12 - 11:40 AM (#3369092)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Larry The Radio Guy

Doc and Nak will be back. That's Mike Marker...a fine player of the banjo and other instruments and his teenage son, Nakos, who plays as mean a slide guitar as you're ever going to hear.


30 Jun 12 - 05:11 PM (#3370058)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Jon Bartlett

Charley, it'll be a pleasure to welcome you to the West again and sure hope to see you at Portsmouth.

Additions and cancellations to my previous post:
ADD: Vancouver Morris Men, Mossyback Morris Men, Tim Hall, Stuart James, Alison Humphries, Local Ale, Rattlebone Band, TriChoir

REMOVE: Out of the Green

More info at our web: princetontraditional.org

Jon Bartlett


01 Jul 12 - 06:58 AM (#3370195)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Charley Noble

Jon-

Looks like another great gathering!

I'll miss you at the Portsmouth Maritime Festival (last weekend of September) since I'm heading south for the DC Getaway and then to Norfolk, Virginia, for some C. Fox Smith music events with Bob Zentz.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


04 Jul 12 - 02:58 PM (#3371995)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Jon Bartlett

Workshops:
La Francophonie
Five Banjoes
The 99 Per Cent
Shanties
The Blues
Homegrown Traditions
Free Reeds

Jon Bartlett


21 Jul 12 - 01:55 AM (#3379484)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Larry The Radio Guy

Only 28 days until the festival!

Check out the website: http://www.princetontraditional.org/

Jon Bartlett wrote a great article about one of the songs I'm going to do at our concert.....a song that has always been credited to Jimmie Rodgers, but.....in fact it looks like his version was a derivation of a traditional 'hobo song'.


21 Jul 12 - 02:35 PM (#3379627)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Larry The Radio Guy

Jon, did you want to put that article on "Hobo Song" onto the forum?


22 Jul 12 - 12:24 AM (#3379762)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Ole Juul

I already put it on the PrincetonTraditional.org forum. The specific post is
here. I assume that is the one you are talking about.


22 Jul 12 - 12:37 PM (#3379901)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Larry The Radio Guy

Thats the one! Thanks Ole. And yes, I will be doing that song at the Traditional Music Festival on the Saturday (Aug 19) at my noon concert.


23 Jul 12 - 11:34 AM (#3380415)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: iancarterb

I am stoked to be getting to Princeton after a 45 year out-of-town festival hiatus. Seattle's Folkife was across the street from my job for 3 decades, and only across the Sound from home, and sustained me for years, but it's gotten awfully stodgy and controlled over those years. I haven't been up to southcentral BC for nearly a decade despite a lot of time in VIctoria, so that will be a huge bonus as well.
I also am extremely grateful to Jon and Rika for starting and maintaining this FREE festival!
   Carter B


23 Jul 12 - 03:22 PM (#3380529)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: GUEST,mg

I can't make it because I am going to Milwaukee Irish fest...but it is a great festival. mg


24 Jul 12 - 06:28 AM (#3380736)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Jon Bartlett

I hope to get the schedule up in a day or so.

Jon Bartlett
PS good news about Larry's song!


25 Jul 12 - 01:55 AM (#3381138)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Larry The Radio Guy

Whose closing the festival this year?


26 Jul 12 - 03:32 AM (#3381601)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Jon Bartlett

Closing this year will be the Solidarity Notes Labour Choir.

Jon Bartlett


31 Jul 12 - 02:22 PM (#3384172)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Larry The Radio Guy

Only two and one half weeks until the Festival.

I'm wondering if any mudcatters are planning on making it this year?


01 Aug 12 - 12:40 PM (#3384667)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival
From: Charley Noble

When will the festival be next year?

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


06 Aug 12 - 03:19 PM (#3386823)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Larry The Radio Guy

I noticed a group named "Something About Reptiles" who are billed to play at this year's Princeton Traditional Music Festival, so I looked them up.

They are described as: "an outrageous Turkish-Balkan cabaret band. They describe their music as "kitsch meets classic with traditional music, warped into something east of cabaret and west of gravity." With guitar, bass, viola, darbuka (hand drum), vocals and accordions"

I couldn't find anything by them on youtube, but here's something from myspace. I don't know how to put a link on mudcat...but you can put this in your browser.   Or if anybody knows how to make it into a link, that would be great....please do it!

http://www.myspace.com/reptilesband/music/songs/her-yerde-kar-var-22786379


06 Aug 12 - 08:14 PM (#3386965)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Ole Juul

That would be: her-yerde-kar-var

I didn't have the latest flash to render that, but here is another one which should work for everybody.

burcu and something about reptiles yuksek yuksek


10 Aug 12 - 06:31 PM (#3388504)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Larry The Radio Guy

One change in this year's festival from previous years....some Princeton restaurants and others have some enthusiasm about the Eastern European theme and there will be a few kiosks and booths selling some wonderful food. Pierogies, cabbage rolls, some Greek food...as well as the great Indian food that was sold last year, plus a couple vendors doing hamburgers/hotdogs.

I'm particularly looking forward to seeing what Barbara at Coco's Bistro puts together.


10 Aug 12 - 07:55 PM (#3388539)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Larry The Radio Guy

Re: Something About Reptiles. What a great group! Love that lead singer's voice.   They're going to add a lot to the festival...which is next weekend.


11 Aug 12 - 12:44 PM (#3388791)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Jon Bartlett

Five more sleeps!

The weather report looks good, too. The Vancouver Morris Men will be doing a little Okanagan tour, ending up with us in Princeton on Friday night.

Jon Bartlett


12 Aug 12 - 12:17 PM (#3389170)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Larry The Radio Guy

Just had the pleasure of doing a gig with Al Barron, who plays Irish/Newfoundland songs on the button accordion.   I think he's going to be part of the Irish jam on Sunday. Right?


12 Aug 12 - 06:48 PM (#3389340)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Jon Bartlett

Yes, Al Barron will certainly be there.

I've just had some sad news from David Lowther of Without a Net - he's had a death in his family and can't make the Festival. A huge loss for us, but we send our very best regards to him and his family.

Replacing Without a Net will be Kitty Lie Over (Annie Brown on fiddle and Mike Dowler on clarinet and pennywhistle) who promise to rearrange our notions of traditional Irish tunes.

The schedule for the Festival is now up on our website - please visit us!

Jon Bartlett


12 Aug 12 - 07:45 PM (#3389360)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Larry The Radio Guy

Thanks Jon,

For those trying to find the schedule, that, plus another post on this year's performers, is in a posting under "Festival Talk", rather than under "performers".

Which brings me to a question: I notice one group is called IN THE FAMILY WAY....and they describe their music as "traditional folk songs in three-part harmony"

But I can't find out anything about them online.

Who are they? What kind of traditional songs might I expect from them?

Just curious.


13 Aug 12 - 07:02 PM (#3389814)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Jon Bartlett

In the Family Way is the van Lidth de Jeude family from Bowen Island. Lyn comes from Appalachian stock and has always carried dozens of Appalachian songs in her head, now of course passed on to her children. You'll enjoy them, Larry.

Jon Bartlett


13 Aug 12 - 08:17 PM (#3389835)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Larry The Radio Guy

Thanks Jon.


14 Aug 12 - 06:26 PM (#3390218)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Bob the Postman

I especially look forward to hearing the Doukhobor choir. Doukhobors settled in BC about a hundred years ago and their reclusive communal way of life ensured that their folk traditions were well preserved. One of the most moving musical experiences of my life was hearing hymns sung by the Doukhobor contingent during an anti-Iraq-war rally in Nelson BC and realising that these people were not just responding to current events but were living out an ethical commitment to "peaceful life" which their ancestors had made many generations before, on the other side of the world.


15 Aug 12 - 12:00 PM (#3390496)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Larry The Radio Guy

I'm also looking forward to hearing them, Bob. The Dukhobor "Tri Choir" are on at 3:00 Saturday.   (That's this coming Saturday).

The whole festival starts Friday night.

I look forward to meeting you, Bob .....and any other mudcatters who come to Princeton for the weekend.


15 Aug 12 - 04:27 PM (#3390637)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Stewart

I'll be there playing fiddle and singing,
and my wife playing hammered dulcimer
(I think that's a first for hammered dulcimer at Princeton)

Cheers, S. in Seattle
where it's finally summer, temps in the 80s and people say it's getting too hot!


15 Aug 12 - 05:46 PM (#3390665)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Deckman

Hmmmm? So Stew. It finally got so hot that you've gotta' get outta' town .... eh? (break a leg) bob(deckman)nelson


15 Aug 12 - 06:12 PM (#3390680)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Stewart

that's right
it's cool (to be) in Canada

S. in Seattle


15 Aug 12 - 10:16 PM (#3390743)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Ole Juul

Princeton is currently rather warm, and they're expecting over 30° (at least 90°F) for the weekend. Regardless of the weather, the festival is going to hot!


16 Aug 12 - 12:03 PM (#3390947)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Larry The Radio Guy

The Princeton Traditional Music Festival begins tomorrow night! I think the dance begins around 6:30, right?


16 Aug 12 - 09:27 PM (#3391175)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Larry The Radio Guy

I looked at the schedule for Saturday. Lots of accordion!


17 Aug 12 - 06:29 PM (#3391535)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Larry The Radio Guy

I just tasted the stroganoff that Barbara at Coco's Bistro has prepared and will be selling at their booth at the festival (starting tonight).

It's delicious!

She also has an Eastern European style cold borscht....which will be great, considering how hot its going to be this weekend.


21 Aug 12 - 12:03 AM (#3393052)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: iancarterb

It could be a food thread too - beside all that pesky folk music there was falafel and ice cream from adjacent carts next to the Vermillion Stage. I may not have to eat for a week. Ice cream for breakfast is under-rated.:)
And it was a SPLENDID Festival! Thanks again, Jon and Rika..

Carter B


21 Aug 12 - 12:50 AM (#3393058)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Ole Juul

If anybody here was there, leave us some feedback on the forum. (please)

PrincetonTraditional.org    Audience Feedback Please


21 Aug 12 - 11:34 AM (#3393216)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Larry The Radio Guy

Great festival! The Eastern European theme was a smashing success. Palrticularly enjoyed Zeelia, Orchestra Silovicia, and Something About Reptiles.

Also had the pleasure of meeting mudcatter's Bob the Postman.   Hope you enjoyed it, Bob.

My own set of old timey music with Robin Cottle felt terrific, and we received some very positive comments.

Thanks to Jon and Rika and all the other volunteers for their hard work. And to all of you who came to the festival and showed your appreciation.


21 Aug 12 - 04:10 PM (#3393291)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: GUEST,Donna A.

We were there from Olympia, WA. We are regular Seattle Folklife folk. It was SO GOOD! Plan to go again next year.


22 Aug 12 - 08:42 AM (#3393560)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Charley Noble

More detail and PIXS please!

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


22 Aug 12 - 01:13 PM (#3393662)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Jon Bartlett

Ole, can you help here?

Jon Bartlett


22 Aug 12 - 01:55 PM (#3393679)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Ole Juul

@ Donna A. (and anybody else) you can post pictures in the Festival Talk forum. Start a new thread for yourself. It's best if you host them elsewhere - perhaps Photobucket or Flikr (or wherever you like to host pictures on the net) because then we save bandwidth and people can see them without logging in. If you have trouble with the BB code (as it's called), you can send pics to me at admin (at) princetontraditional.org and I'll do it for you. There's already some pictures here.

Here's a little slide show. (opens in new window)


23 Aug 12 - 12:01 PM (#3394056)
Subject: RE: Princeton Traditional Music Festival 2012
From: Charley Noble

Ole-

Thanks for the links.

Charley Noble