By Ana Mihajlovic
June 25, 2015
CALGARY — The third day of the Calgary Folk Festival was beautiful and enjoyable despite strong winds. Festival-goers came out in droves and were treated to many excellent performances.
The Los Angeles folk duo Milk Carton Kids played the main stage to a packed crowd. Keeping it simple with two singers and two acoustic guitars performing perfectly in sync, the Milk Carton Kids evoked memories of Simon & Garfunkel with their classic folk sound and perfect dual harmonies. They played several songs from their latest album, Monterey and entertained the crowd with a dose of humour between songs.
British singer-songwriter Richard Thompson took the stage solo with a single acoustic guitar, highlighting both his strong singing voice and incredible guitar strumming technique. The veteran musician played to a notably smaller standing crowd, but his talent was undeniable to those that did attend.
Over at the National Beer Hall Stage, The Strumbellas started off strong and loud with an infectious beat that had the crowd clapping and dancing along immediately. The band enjoyed a gorgeous backdrop as the sun set behind the trees, while the band’s six part harmonies and symphonic backing instruments kept the crowd dancing. They played a few songs from their upcoming album, set for release in December, which were well received by the raucous crowd. They finished strong with the title track from their 2013 album, Sailing, followed by a brief encore.
Canadian singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie closed out the evening festivities on the main stage with her unique brand of folk seamlessly interwoven with Native American and rockabilly influences. While boasting an impressive four-piece backing band, Buffy stole the show with her powerful voice and multi-instrumental talent. Her rockabilly radio song, “Blue Sunday”, influenced by her childhood love of Elvis, drew the crowd in and kept them there throughout her high-energy performance.AB, Alberta, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary Folk Music Festival 2015, Milk Carton Kids, Richard Thompson, the Strumbellas