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.