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Inspired by Pete Seeger’s desire to clean up the river over forty years ago, the Great Hudson River Revival initially helped raise the funds to build the sloop Clearwater, which has since become a world-renowned floating classroom and a symbol of effective grassroots action. Today, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater is a non-profit organization that sails at the forefront of the nation’s environmental challenges. The revenue raised by the Revival goes to support Clearwater’s numerous educational programs and its work toward environmental and social justice—as well as keeping the sloop Clearwater afloat.

Pete Seeger & the Power of Song gets us underway on Saturday, June 19 on the Rainbow Stage. Also featured on this stage throughout the weekend are famed singer-songwriters Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin, contemporary music star Joan Osborne; Westchester County native David Bromberg and his quartet, Keller Williams, “newgrass” sensation Railroad Earth, Donna the Buffalo, Toshi Reagon, The Felice Brothers, sacred steel guitar family band The Lee Boys, and Hazmat Modine, a global blues band based in NYC. (more…)

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(Sydney, NS) Celtic Colours International Festival organizers are pleased to release their line-up for 2009 today and excited about this year’s focus on the ties to and influence of Irish music and culture.

The festival kicks off with Island to Island: The Cape Breton-Ireland Musical Bridge, in Port Hawkesbury on October 9. It’s a concert that goes to the root of it all, says Artistic Director Joella Foulds. “In 1993, a group of Cape Breton musicians were invited to Ireland to put on a Cape Breton festival in Cork. Now, we have invited the Irish here to share their cultural traditions in this concert and throughout the nine days of the Festival.”

Twenty-four artists from Ireland will be participating in the Festival this year which runs from October 9-17. Their presence will contribute to an exploration of tradition and culture and how that is maintained through generations and in communities. People might not recognize the names of some of the Irish artists, but they are the people who are carrying on the tradition. “We want our audience to experience the real thing,” Foulds continues, “just as they would with our Cape Breton artists. These Irish artists represent the best of the various traditions including Donegal fiddling, the Irish harp, uillean piping, Irish Gaelic and sean nos (meaning “old style”) singing, accordion, sean nos dancing, and story telling.”


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Orillia, Ontario, Canada – Following an exciting sneak preview announcement in December of Buffy Sainte-Marie, The Proclaimers, Luke Doucet and Le Vent du Nord, Mariposa Folk Festival organizers are pleased to announce several more accomplished artists that will grace Mariposa stages this year.

The most recent additions to the line-up include New York bluesman, Guy Davis; relative newcomer with several East Coast Music Award nominations, Jenn Grant; multi-instrumentalist, Royal Wood; Rama’s own The Ronnie Douglas Blues Band; Canadian blue grass legends, the Dixie Flyers; Orillia singer-songwriter, Steph Dunn; old-time, rag-time, high steppin’ mountain music purveyors, Sheesham & Lotus; up-and-coming alt-country band, The John Henrys; and a trio of slam folk, folk hop, cabaret performance poets from Montreal, The Fugitives.

“This will be Mariposa’s 10th year back in Orillia, and we are celebrating by pulling together one of our strongest line-ups ever”,  said Catherine Brennan, Mariposa’s Folk Foundation President.

Under the direction of Mike Hill, Mariposa’s Artistic Committee has booked the last two festivals to high critical acclaim. In the coming weeks there will be many more announcements of notable performers that will wow the audiences at Mariposa’s nine stages.

Mariposa Folk Festival takes place July 3, 4, and 5 in Orillia’s beautiful Tudhope Park on the shores of Lake Couchiching.

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International performers from Québec, Ireland, Australia and the USA will join with some of Scotland’s best known talent to play for festival-goers from over 80 countries at this year’s Hebridean Celtic Festival, based in Stornoway.

The top Celtic music artists at this year’s four day event (July 15th-18th) include The Sharon Shannon Big Band, La Bottine Souriante, Michael McGoldrick Band, Blair Douglas Band, The Wilders, Karen Matheson, Fred Morrison and Le Vent du Nord.

Caroline MacLennan, the Festival Director said: “We are known as the ‘Homecoming Festival’ as the festival is a focal point for our family and friends to visit, which seems particularly appropriate this year. Our success over the years has largely come from having a beautiful setting, the support of the community and putting on excellent live music.

“As ever we’ve concentrated on producing a programme which features local musicians, top Celtic artists and a real mix of exciting international music. We have a lot going on including a Québec sub-theme to this year’s festival and we are grateful to the Québec Government Office in London, and the Homecoming Scotland 2009 Team, in helping us promote the famous La Bottine Souriante and another Québécois band Le Vent du Nord.


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Orillia, Ontario – As the first Early Bird Ticket deadline approaches the organizers of the Mariposa Folk Festival have announced that Oscar, Golden Globe and Gemini award winner Buffy Sainte-Marie will be part of the weekend roster at this year’s festival. Also part of the Mainstage show will be Scotland’s The Proclaimers and young singer-songwriter Luke Doucet, fresh from his win for “Contemporary Album of the Year.” The Juno award winning Le Vent du Nord, playing traditional music from Quebec will also be featured on the mainstage.

“We’re very pleased to have these big names,” stated Artistic Director Mike Hill. “Buffy is such an accomplished artist and activist. She’s really an icon in North American music.”


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