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Calgary Folk Music Festival At Home weekend takes over the airwaves


The Calgary Folk Music Festival is always a banner weekend on the Alberta festival calendar, and CKUA is celebrating Calgary Folk Music Festival At Home weekend with more than seven hours of special programming this week!

Stay tuned to Traffic Jams, Wide Cut Country, Natch’l Blues, Mulligan Stew, and Folk Routes for highlights from our past Calgary Folk Fest live broadcasts, along with interviews and performances.

The Calgary Folk Festival at Home will be kicking off on July 23, and will run through the weekend. The entire festival line-up can be found here.

Thursday July 23rd & Friday July 24th

Traffic Jams with Lisa Wilton 5:00PM MT

Expect highlights from the past seven years of CKUA Calgary Folk Festival broadcasts, alongside Lisa’s festival-inspired playlist. On Thursday, we’ll take a look at this year’s Calgary Folk Music Festival At Home line-up, with festival artistic director Kerry Clarke and artistic associate Chantal Vitalis. We’ll explore the four-day schedule, featuring performances by Patrick Watson, Vox Sambou, Corb Lund, William Prince, Lightning Dust, Sebastian Gaskin, Amythyst Kiah, and Birds of Chicago (pictured above).

Then on Friday, we’ll hear a few selections from Corb Lund’s mainstage performance at the festival back in 2016, and a National Stage performance from Jr. Gone Wild. Plus, ATB President and CEO Curtis Stange will chat with Tony King about ATB’s support of the festival, as it pivots to an online format to keep the live music going during festival weekend in the wake of COVID-19.

Saturday July 25th

Wide Cut Country special with Allison Brock 10:00AM MT

Allison Brock will take us back to Prince’s Island Park with some memorable performances and conversations captured live at the CKUA broadcast tent, including feature interviews with William Prince (pictured above), Elizabeth Cook, Pharis and Jason Romero, Patty Griffin, and John Fullbright.

Natch’l Blues special with Holger Petersen 3:00PM MT

Holger Petersen will feature sessions and interviews with Rev. Sekou, The McCrary Sisters, Cedric Burnside, and a feature conversation with Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin.

Mulligan Stew special with Terry David Mulligan 5:00PM MT

Terry David Mulligan will deliver a taste of the main stage at the Calgary Folk Festival with a look back at Blue Rodeo’s performance at the 2017 festival, along with a feature conversation with Jim Cuddy, recorded backstage. Plus, we dig back into the vault of our broadcast tent sessions for performances by Art Bergmann, Fishbone, The Great Lake Swimmers, and an interview with Kris Kristofferson.

Sunday July 26th

Folk Routes special with Tom Coxworth 10:00AM MT

A folk festival weekend isn’t complete without a broadcast of Folk Routes! Tom will reflect on some of his favourite segments from festivals past, including sets by The Steel Wheels, The Weather Station, The Young’uns and Emily Triggs.

Best of the Fest hosted by Grant Stovel 3:00PM MT

Sunday, we go out with a bang by featuring session with Sheila E and Freak Motif, a sampling of a mainstage performances by José Gonzales from 2016, and Dawes captured in 2017, plus stellar performances by Joey Landreth, Moulettes, Kid Koala, and more.

For more information on past festival take-overs, such as the Weayaya solar-powered music festival and the Edmonton International Jazz Festival, visit our Festival Radio page.