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Music | July 31st, 2019

Fm Belfast at the Islenskir Tonar Icelandic Sounds - photograph by Nicole Hofer

One of the many highlights of the Winnipeg Folk Festival (WFF) are the Workshops. The term “workshop” may be a bit misleading to the novice folkster, they are essentially jams or may even serve as a “musical sampler platters” that unite musicians that normally may or may not have ever played together otherwise. Some may never play together again and some have actually kickstarted projects that would have otherwise never came into fruition.

Cactus Blossoms - photograph by Nicole Hofer

When asked about his experience participating in the WFF workshops, Page Burkum of The Cactus Blossoms said, “I would like to compare it to being crammed in an elevator together, where it may seem a little awkward at first but then you get to know people. It’s fun getting to know the bands involved they kind of push us all toward one stage at the same time and some cool connections happen that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. It’s always good when someone is forced into seeing something--like a band you’re not familiar with. In our case some of the bands we played with this weekend, we hadn’t seen before, then we were sharing the stage with them, getting to enjoy their music and get to meet them all in the same day. It was pretty cool.”

Car Seat Headrests Will Toledo at the Your Indie Heart Workshop with Snail Mail - photograph by Nicole Hofer

Some of our workshop highlights included: “Heartache from Hell” in which The Cactus Blossoms, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers and The Devil Makes Three shared the stage. “Your Indie Heart,” combined the talents of Car Seat Headrest, Mt Joy and Snail Mail. There was also a showcase of various Icelandic bands, all of which were discovered at the 2018 Icelandic Airwaves festival. Their workshop was called “Íslenskir tónar (Icelandic Sounds)” acts included FM Belfast, Lindy Vopnfjörð, MAMMÚT, Snorri Helgason and Ylja. There was also a workshop celebrating Pete Seeger’s 100th B-Day. Some of the OG folkers even remember Seeger playing WFF in the 70s.

Flor Amargo of Los Pachamama - photograph by Nicole Hofer

John Sebastian - photograph by Nicole Hofer

Kacey Musgraves - photograph by Nicole Hofer

Los Pachamama y Flor Amargo - photograph by Nicole Hofer

Snail Mail - photograph by Nicole Hofer

The Devil Makes Three - photograph by Nicole Hofer

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