Neko Case headlines Friday night at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival. Photo by Deborah Holland.

Dispatches from the Vancouver Folk Music Festival – Day 1 (Friday)

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Is there a more beautiful setting for a festival than Jericho Beach in Vancouver? From the comments of every performer who gets up on the main stage at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, I think not. It’s got water, beaches, mountains, trees, wooden pedestrian bridges over ponds, blue sky, puffy white clouds, a shimmering downtown in the distance, spectacular sunsets, …

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Donovan Woods – Both Ways

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Warning! Listening to Both Ways, Donovan Woods’ new release, while driving could be dangerous. You may find yourself making a wrong turn, forgetting where you’re going, or worse, forgetting that you are even driving. If this happens, immediately pull over. Wait until your heart stops feeling like it’s coming out of your chest. Donovan Woods doesn’t sing. He quietly whispers …

Roots Music Canada road trip: The Weepies, May 19 at McIntyre Hall, Mt. Vernon, WA

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There was no marching band. The stage lights were set to “on.” There were no backing tracks, no auto-tune or costume changes. No vocal gymnastics or endless melismas (many notes for one syllable. Think Whitney Houston). There WAS heartfelt, straight-forward singing (in tune), beautiful songs, unrehearsed stage banter, set list spontaneity, and even (god forbid!) a few mistakes. Welcome to …

Colin Linden at the ANZA Club, Vancouver, May 11, 2018

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If you were one of the 70 people at the Anza Club in Vancouver on Friday, CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’RE A WINNER! You just witnessed a consummate artist perform a great show in an intimate living room-type setting with great sound and an audience that no one needed to shush. If you took Taj Mahal, Randy Newman, Chet Atkins, Lyle Lovett, Elvis …