Written By: Wednesday, August 17th 2016

Written by:  Bob Wallace


This is a very exciting time of the year in the Owen Sound area as we start ramping up for Summerfolk.

This is the 41st edition and Artistic Director James Keelaghan has come through again with a huge line-up on all the stages.

Besides headliners, Bruce Cockburn and Natalie McMaster, there are so many you should try to catch throughout the three day festival.

Here are my top 5 picks.


#1  Irish Mythen

Born and raised in County Wexford Ireland, Irish has travelled the globe — playing in Europe, Australia, the Middle East and the UK. Her music has the root of small communities and the strength of a loyal fan base.

She has shared stages with Emmylou Harris, Gordon Lightfoot, and Peter Yarrow, to name just a few.

Since her immigration to Canada in 2008 Irish has been honored to create music and memories with Gordie Sampson, Joel Plaskett, Ron Hynes, Matt Andersen, Bruce Guthro and Dave Gunning.

Sitting in the amphitheater and drifting away in a moment of #bliss #summerfolk39

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#2  My Son The Hurricane


My Son the Hurricane is a 14-piece brasshop beast with the mantra:anything worth doing is worth overdoing

Hailing from Niagara/Toronto, the band mixes New Orleans style grooves with funk, jazz and hiphop.


#3  Good For Grapes

Good For Grapes are an energetic, young, folk stomping band from Vancouver.

They formed accidentally in 2010 during a busking session and haven’t been able to escape the crowds since.


#4  Lindi Ortega

Lindi is an award winning songwriter and performer who has built her reputation over countless shows and four albums filled with country kissed songs about outlaws, lovers, and redemption.

Lindi was raised in Toronto and spent years as the best kept secret of the city’s indie scene but now she makes her home and music in Nashville, TN.

If you’ve been looking for new releases to slide on to the shelf beside your Patsy Cline, Dolly Parton, or Johnny Cash records then don’t miss her!

Swing low sweet chariot. It’s #Gospel Morning at #Summerfolk39.

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And # 5  Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra

Will have you movin’!

They are more than a band. They are a vibration.

If the Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra (GKO) was a landmass, they’d be a continent.

They pull their melodies and inspirations from a dozen different cultures.

The performances are beyond energetic, as fun to look at as they are to hear.

Check this out..it’s just a taste!

There you go.

My top 5 picks to watch for.

But we’re just scratching the surface here.

For a look and sound of all the act, artisans and food that Summerfolk has to offer go to summerfolk.org

See you at Kelso Beach August 19th-21st!

And at the end of the day, your feet should be dirty, your hair messy, and your eyes sparkling.🍃✌️

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