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WITH 79 different acts playing the Winnipeg Folk Festival, it can be overwhelming to choose which acts to check out, especially during the daytime workshop stages when options are plentiful.
But with all the artists to choose from, which are the "must sees?"
Who better to ask than artistic director Chris Frayer? Frayer is the festival's busy artistic director, who spends more than a year planning the event, travelling the continent checking out music at other festivals and showcases, and listening to hundreds of albums in order to plan the perfect musical experience.
After saying "all of them" were must-sees and asking to expand his list, he finally whittled it down to 10 acts he believes Winnipeg Folk Festival attendees shouldn't miss this weekend.
1. Iron and Wine -- New millennial folk from soothing songsmith Sam Beam, making his first ever Winnipeg appearance.
2. The Ebony Hillbillies -- Hailing from NYC and discovered at the Union Square subway stop, the Hillbillies are said to be the last of the true African-American string bands.
3. Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile -- The one and only purveyors of a new genre called chamber grass, led by Nickel Creek frontman and mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile.
4. Burning Spear -- One of most influential reggae stars to come out of Jamaica. He won a Grammy for Best Reggae Recording this year for Jah is Real. The first reggae act to perform at the Folk Festival.
5. Socalled -- Hip-hop, klezmer and maybe a magic show or two from Montreal-based Josh Goldin.
6. Bellowhead -- Orchestral English folk with a big-band sound. Will be the dance hit of the festival.
7. Okkervil River (on cover) -- Folk rockers from Austin, Texas, renowned for their live show. This will be their first local appearance.
8. Deep Dark Woods -- Beautiful, haunting music from one of Canada's most acclaimed up-and-coming bands.
9. King Sunny Ade & His African Beats -- A Nigerian juju king and his crack band of beats. What else can you say?
10. Arlo Guthrie -- Son of Woody and a folk pioneer in his own right. This will be his Folk Festival debut.
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