Posted in music | pictures on August 21, 2009

photos by Chris Graham and Rae Holtsbaum

Basia Bulat on stage w/ Plants & Animals
Plants and Animals

"I'm not really sure what it is about this little folk festival in the city on the prairie, but they really have something special going on, and it's been going on for the past 40 years. It was my honour to host the very eclectic opening Friday night under cloudy but dry skies in downtown Regina."
[Grant Lawrence, CBC Radio 3 on Day 1]
The Regina Folk Festival took place August 7-9, 2009 in Canada. More pictures and reviews from the weekend below....

Regina Folk Festival 2009

Grant Lawrence (CBC Radio Host)

Grant Lawrence CBC Radio Host

Up first was the darling Basia Bulat, who played a strong solo set to an opening throng of fans pressed close to the stage. Basia announced during the set that her new album is entitled Heart Of My Own and will be out on October 6. [Grant Lawrence, CBC Radio 3 on Day 1]
Basia Bulat...

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Mark Berube

Mark Berube

Mark Berube

Mark Berube

Hitting the stage next was Montreal's powerful art-rock trio Plants and Animals, and they were howlin' LOUD. Last night the "plants" could have been trees being uprooted in a hurricane and the "animals" could have been a herd of stampeding buffalo. They proved too loud for some of the older folkies, but the kids up front loved 'em. Basia joined them for a bashing version of the Queen-like P+A anthem "Bye Bye Bye" to close the set. [Grant Lawrence, CBC Radio 3 on Day 1]
Plants and Animals...

Plants and Animals

Plants and Animals

Plants and Animals

Plants and Animals

Plants and Animals

Plants and Animals

Plants and Animals

Plants and Animals

The surprise of the opening night for many was the absolutely outrageous set from Vancouver fusion band Delhi 2 Dublin. Hugely energetic, they blend the traditional sounds of India and Ireland with modern hip hop beats. If Victoria Park had a roof, D2D would have blown it off. The roar of applause at the end of their set was deafening. [Grant Lawrence, CBC Radio 3 on Day 1]
Dehli 2 Dublin...

Dehli 2 Dublin

Dehli 2 Dublin

Dehli 2 Dublin

Dehli 2 Dublin

In stark contrast to Delhi 2 Dublin's world-beat dance party was Iron and Wine, the blond, bearded, indie-singer-songwriter hearthrob from South Carolina. He opened with a stirring cover of the Postal Service's "Such Great Heights" and immediately had the sold-out crowd singing along, filling the clearing night sky with voices. It was a beautiful moment. The crowd was hooked, especially up front, where some truly die-hard fans clung to every soft syllable. [Grant Lawrence, CBC Radio 3 on Day 1]
Iron and Wine...

Iron and Wine

Iron and Wine

Iron and Wine

Iron and Wine

Iron and Wine

Iron and Wine

K-os

K-os

K-os

K-os

K-os

Chad VanGaalen

Chad Vangaalen

Chad Vangaalen

Chad Vangaalen

Royal Wood

Royal Wood

Royal Wood

Bedouin Soundclash

Bedouin Soundclash

Bedouin Soundclash

Bedouin Soundclash

Bedouin Soundclash

Bedouin Soundclash

Bedouin Soundclash

Bedouin Soundclash

Bedouin Soundclash

The Wailers

The Wailers

The Wailers

The Wailers

The Wailers

Corb Lund

Corb Lund

Andy Shauf

Andy Shauf

Andy Shauf

Andy Shauf

Matt Goud

Matt Goud

Matt Goud

Matt Goud

Loudon Wainwright

Loudon Wainwright

Loudon Wainwright

Loudon Wainwright

Loudon Wainwright

Loudon Wainwright

Loudon Wainwright

Darby Toure

Darby Toure

Darby Toure

REGINA -- The word of the weekend was, "awesome."

Organizers of the 2009 Regina Folk Festival could not be more pleased with results of this year's event.

"We've never sold out two nights. Last year, we sold out Friday night. This year, Friday and Saturday," said Sandra Butel, artistic director with the festival.

More than 30 acts performed in Victoria Park over three days. Though the 2,500 tickets for closing night were not sold out as of late Sunday afternoon, Butel said it was close. People packed the park on Sunday afternoon, soaking up the sun, shopping in the Artists' Market, and sampling food in the International Food Court. Tickets were required for the main stage performances, but organizers provided four other stages -- one of which was for children -- for the public.

"The number (of people in the park is) surpassing any we've ever seen," Butel said, adding the crowd remained constant both Saturday and Sunday, despite the weather.

"There's so many people taking in all four stages ... and our vendors and markets are telling us they've never sold more stuff because there's just more people down here," she said.

The weather was cloudy and raining while crews set up for the festival late last week, but Butel was happy to report Victoria Park stayed dry. But, the crowd came prepared just in case.

"Everybody had their rain gear, their umbrellas, their tarps and rubber boots," she said.

It has been 40 years since the first folk festival was held in 1969 at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus. Since then, it moved first to former Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts (now the Conexus Arts Centre) in 1971 and finally to Victoria Park in 1984. [Leader-Post]

Here in the US, The Newport Folk Festival celebrated its 50th birthday just one weekend earlier.

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Comments (11)

Pronounced "reh-jeye-nuh" fyi

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 11:56 AM

Of course folk festivals like this are getting bigger audiences- american "folk" music has become extremely fashionable. This is just like jazz festivals experiencing bigger turnouts in the late 90's due to the regrettable swing fad. When beards and banjos go the way of trucker hats and dance punk I doubt this festival will be selling out any nights.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2009 12:10 PM

what an amazing line up. i would've killed to go to that!

only one picture of corb lund though? robbed!

Posted by massromantic | August 21, 2009 11:01 PM

So, it rhymes with vagina, 11:56?

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2009 1:47 AM

more like rhymes with fun!

this festival has been rolling with the punches in music trends for years. There was a lot of electronics involved in this years iteration.

Posted by SeanFlotre | September 10, 2009 7:02 PM

Just for proper info's sake, it's Daby Touré, not "Darby"
And the festival has been going strong for 40 years, ever evolving, ever popular - I doubt that the "beards and banjos" trend fading will affect the sell-out crowds in Regina.
Anonymous @ 12:10 has a rather pessimistic view of music fans in Saskatchewan!

Posted by Anonymous | September 10, 2009 7:27 PM

I think you need a bit more of a story with this as this isn't really a news story in its current form. Perhaps you could write about why you like Michael so much?

Posted by louis | October 17, 2009 11:59 AM

Seeing Basia Bulat at Mercury(Mar 28-2010), I wanted to see other news items on her performances. Nice photos here. I didn't realize she was going to have drums (her bro), viola and bass to accompany her, which was great, but her solo performances on "hammer harp" and guitar were really sweet. Nice sound to her voice and good sound at the venue.

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WOW!! I cant believe theres a focused picture of me in the Loudon Wainwright photos! I dont deserve the honour. What are the odds of coming across that?

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