Sunday, March 6, 2011

The Winnipeg Folk Festival First Four 2011 Performers Unveiled as Folk Retreat Mentors

The Winnipeg Folk Festival is thrilled to announce the mentors for the 2011 Folk Retreat - festival performers Andy White, Connie Kaldor, Dan Crary and Dirk Powell. The Folk Retreat is the festival's annual four-day music camp that is open to musicians of all abilities.

Take your music to a new level - your one-on-one instruction will be tailored to you, regardless of your ability! In addition to hands-on instruction, the Folk Retreat features group performance sessions, organized practice times, and daily performances. You bring a love of music and a desire to learn and we bring the world-class musicians. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran, come develop, jam, relax and explore!

The 2011 Folk Retreat takes place July 2 to 5, 2011.

About the 2011 Folk Retreat Mentors:

Andy White (songwriting)

White is a gifted Irish singer-songwriter who has written with the likes of Peter Gabriel and Neil and Tim Finn and won Ireland's top songwriting awards. He has been musical director at WOMAD UK and was invited to be in charge of the songwriting strand of the WOMAD Summer School, held every year at Bath Spa University in England.

Connie Kaldor (songwriting)

Kaldor is a Juno Award-winning singer who has flourished on the folk music scene for over two decades. Her repertoire of original material blurs musical boundaries, embracing elements of gospel, rock, country and western, folk, blue grass and adult contemporary. She has recorded nine albums and sold tens of thousands of copies.

Dan Crary (flatpick guitar)

Crary's forty years as a performer has distinguished him a musical legend, a pioneer of one of the most intricate, yet powerful, forms of American music and a master of the guitar. A flatpicking stylist with an international reputation for innovation, taste and brilliance, Crary is one of the few artists whose work can be said to transcend boundaries of style and genre.

Dirk Powell (banjo/fiddle)

His live performances of powerful Appalachian music with The Dirk Powell Band have inspired audiences across the globe in a wide variety of venues, including such prestigious settings as the Eastman School of Music and Interlochen Arts Academy. Powell also selected and arranged traditional Appalachian material for Riverdance: The Show, in which he also performed on fiddle.

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