Thursday, July 23, 2015

Moments at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival

Music festivals are the epitome of summer for us and this year's experience was at the Vancouver folk festival. It's been a while since we attended as recently we've headed up-island, but this year the timing favoured a trip to Vancouver. We visited our friend Kath and spent two days at Jericho Beach. Here are some moments from the weekend.

Friday evening at Spanish banks, the sunset was amazing. This is a favourite Vancouver spot for evening games and strolls.

We spent Saturday at the festival along with lots of others. My camera focused on parents and children, here picking blackberries--ripe this year about three weeks early. It isn't usually until mid-August. 

 Jericho beach has fields and a marsh and some shady areas too. It's a beautiful venue for the festival. Here are some musicians setting up with the harbour and the mountain backdrop.

Some snaps of dancers, kids, babies (with headphones) and appreciative audiences....

These two little girls were having a fabulous time dancing to some music.  

Saturday night was amazingly warm. We headed down to Granville Island for dinner and wandered around.  This is a view towards the Burrard Bridge.

We kept looking for the new moon to rise and finally we saw it peeking above some buildings.

Sunday was even warmer at the festival but we discovered some wonderful new artists. This is my favourite part--finding groups that you've never heard of before.

First up was a duo from Newfoundland that call themselves Fortunate Ones. I think we were the fortunate ones to hear their lovely melodies.

Next up was a workshop where we were introduced to a young New Zealand man by the name of Marlon Williams. What an amazing voice he has. He can sing anything and it brings shivers. We saw him do Unchained Melody and Cocaine, plus some of his own (somewhat dark) songs.

Check it out yourself here.

Another discovery was a young woman named Lindi Ortega, with an Irish-Mexican background. Doesn't she look darling with her red cowboy boots and her fascinator hat? She sings really well too, plus she has a fabulous guitarist accompanying her. Sadly I didn't get his name though.

This final image is a tradition from music festivals at Jericho Beach. In the heat of the afternoon everyone converges on Stage two, which is blessedly cool underneath a canopy of leafy trees.  What bliss to lie on your back and look up into to the leaves while listening to gorgeous music!

Until next year.


  1. Quite a lot of musicians, and it looks like people were having fun.

  2. what a wonderful sliver of moon you captured!


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