Wilco founder to close folk festival

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Jeff Tweedy will be singing under Manitoba's Sky Blue Sky on July 10 as the final act of this year's Winnipeg Folk Festival.

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Jeff Tweedy will be singing under Manitoba’s Sky Blue Sky on July 10 as the final act of this year’s Winnipeg Folk Festival.

“Jeff Tweedy is a songwriter’s songwriter; economical and reflective of a New West dust bowl that is the 21st Century,” artistic director Chris Frayer says of the Wilco frontman. “He’s an artist who puts it all out there and reflects so many different genres of music.”

“His solo show is a rare opportunity to let his songs and stories stand on their own, in a stripped down form with only six strings, a voice and harmonica. What is more folk then that?”

‘His solo show is a rare opportunity to let his songs and stories stand on their own, in a stripped down form with only six strings, a voice and harmonica. What is more folk then that?’ — Winnipeg Folk Festival artistic director Chris Frayer, announcing that Jeff Tweedy (above) will be the final act at this year’s festival

Tweedy’s music career spans more than 25 years. He was a founding member of the influential alt-country band Uncle Tupelo before that band split up and he formed Wilco in 1994. The Grammy-winning group has dabbled in country, rock, folk and experimental electronic music over the course of nine studio albums, including two Mermaid Avenue albums with British folk hero Billy Bragg featuring unused Woody Guthrie lyrics.

Wilco has performed in Winnipeg several times over the years, but his folk festival appearance will be Tweedy’s first local solo show.

Tweedy joins a roster of more than 70 bands and singer-songwriters covering the musical spectrum at this year’s festival with traditional and contemporary folk, blues, roots, reggae, soul, world music, funk, indie-rock, electronic, Gospel and Afro-beat artists from across the globe playing over the course of the five day event, July 6-10, at Birds Hill Park.

Previously announced artists include Blue Rodeo (playing its 1993 album, Five Days in July, in its entirety), the Jayhawks, Chuck Prophet, k.d. lang, Little Feat, M. Ward, Tegan and Sara, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens, Ray Wylie Hubbard, the Del McCoury Band with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, the Funky Meters, Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band and Toots and the Maytals.

Early bird five day adult passes are $189, including GST and convenience fee at Ticketmaster and the Folk Festival Music Store. Youth and senior passes are $112.

Adult day tickets are $47 and $65, while youths and seniors tickets are $36 and $48.

rob.williams@freepress.mb.ca

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