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Tay Creek Folk Festival, July 20-22, 2018,  Tay Ridge Farm

Tay Creek Folk Festival is back for its eleventh year on the weekend of July 20-22, 2018 at the usual spot: Tay Ridge Farm near Stanley. What started as a one-day, grassroots event to provide a stage for the local music community, is now a three-day, family-friendly festival with 19 diverse music acts from six provinces, along with a range of vendors, workshops and activities for kids.

Tay Creek is delighted to welcome back festival alumni, Outside I’m a Giant from Quebec, Lindsay Foote and Saturday night headliners, the Marwills from Toronto. The headliner on Sunday is also a friend of the festival, double ECMA and Music New Brunswick winner Mike Biggar from Saint John.


New to the Festival this year are the Friday night headliners, the five-piece Halifax-based Barrowdowns, with each member on  multiple instruments and contributing to tight harmonies. Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra from Montreal kicks off the Saturday lineup at noon with music, dance, circus, and imagination. Local talent include the distinctive sounds of singer/songwriters C. A. Jackson, Raili Scott and Michelle Morrison, as well as the unique rockin’ styles of Art of the Possible, Falling Leaves, and Tequila Sheila.

In addition to a packed music schedule designed to appeal to a wide audience, the festival is playing host to multiple vendors offering a range of products including candles, bath-bombs, crochet, tarot, homemade guitars, carvings, t-shirts, soap, body art and acrylics. In addition to the spontaneous jam sessions that seem to pop up all over the place, everyone is welcome at the Jam Tent to make their own acoustic music. Free workshops include guitar maintenance with Colin Fowlie, music theory by Genevieve MacRae of MacRae Music Studios, and yoga with Nancy Anderson.

Earlybird passes for the whole weekend are available for purchase at a discounted price from Tony’s Music Box in Fredericton, Hillside Variety in Stanley, or online at etix.com until noon July 18. After that, weekend and single-day passes are available at the gate.

Not to be confused with Taymouth, Tay Creek is 25 minutes north of Fredericton on Route 620 (the Royal Road). Tay Ridge Farm provides an idyllic setting, with 600 acres with trails for hiking or biking, and the Tay river for swimming. Free parking and camping, and un-serviced sites are available for RVs. Puddleducks Café runs a BBQ and provides snacks and refreshments. Tay Creek Folk Festival is a great weekend for families and music lovers of all ages. For more details, check out the website www.taycreekfestival.ca.

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Peace Arts eXcellence (PAX) at Tay Ridge Farm is a not-for-profit organization promoting independent and collaborative artistic efforts in the realms of visual arts, fine crafts, music, and literature.

Tay Creek announces the 2018 artist lineup and launches a fresh look online!

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Popular Toronto-based band The Marwills will be making a welcome return to the 2018 Tay Creek Folk Festival, which will take place on the weekend of 20 to 22 July. The Marwills make music with serious guts: their sound conjures smoky blues bars, shady drinking establishments, and the golden age of rock and roll. Festival goers have been asking for the return of The Marwills since they played the festival in 2014 and 2015.

Appearing for the first time at Tay Creek will be two very different bands: The Barrowdowns of Halifax and the Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra of Montreal. Diverse instrumentation and soaring five-part vocal harmonies characterize the unique alternative folk sound of The Barrowdowns. With gripping songs that stick with you long after the last chord has rung out, The Barrowdowns create music that will keep you spellbound—even while you stomp your feet. The exciting Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra is a creative chaos that fuses Afro-Colombian percussion with the brass and violin melodies of the Roma peoples of Eastern Europe, bringing an explosion of music and dance, circus and imagination. The GKO has performed across Canada, Colombia, France, Austria and the Czech Republic, and was voted Montréal’s best world music group in the 2015 CAMUZ survey.

Multi award-winning singer-songwriter Mike Biggar will be returning to Tay Creek’s hay-wagon stage. Known for his signature soaring vocals and disarming on-stage humour, Biggar has twice earned Music New Brunswick Awards (2011, 2014), two East Coast Music Awards (2012, 2018) and numerous other nominations and acclaim.

Another group that will be back following its success last year is Outside I’m a Giant from Hull, Quebec, with Jérémi Pierre Caron, Samuelle Desjardins and Pascal Desgagné, who are touring New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Also returning will be Lindsay Foote, who came to Canada in 2009 from Winchester, Massachusetts, to study voice at the University of Toronto, Lindsay was a finalist in the Songwriter Serenade contest in Austin. In the summer of 2017, she successfully completed an East Coast Canadian tour including a stop in Tay Creek.

Performing at the festival for the first time will be indie folk singer-songwriter Brooklyn Doran from Kenora, Ontario; Danielle Allard, who is coming to Tay Creek after touring Germany and Portugal; Mattie Leon, who has been gaining attention in the Maritimes; Prince Edward Island’s Rick Sparkes + The Enablers; Rory Taillon from Ottawa; local youth sensation Raili Scott; and three great new Fredericton bands who are rapidly making names for themselves: The Stratified, Tequila Sheila and the Art of the Possible.

As well as performances on the main stage, the Tay Creek Festival features a Jam Tent, Puddleducks Café, an Enchanted Forest with fun and games for children, and arts and crafts vendors and informal workshops. Camping is free for tents and RVs and guests may roam the 600-acre site and enjoy a swim in the River Tay.

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