OTTAWA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Ottawa Folk Festival organizers have announced a variety of all-age events for the August 25-28 event at Hog's Back Park.
This year’s event will offer festival goers an opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, join a choir, sit in on an Appalachian jam session, and take part in other kid-focused activities.
“The Ottawa Folk Festival has always been a community-oriented event, where patrons can enjoy a wide variety of unique and educational experiences,” says festival supervisor Mark Monahan. This year, festival patrons will be able to spend the entire weekend of the event exploring the ‘Workshops on the Point’, a variety of Jam Sessions, the KidZone, and Envirotent.
Workshops on The Point (curated by the Ottawa Folklore Centre) offer educational workshops with professionals, as well as — for many of the workshops—lender instruments on which to learn, including guitars, banjos, and ukuleles among other instruments.
Some highlights from the workshops include: Delta Blues Basics, an introduction to playing delta blues guitar led by Rick Fines; intro to ukulele, a two-part workshop hosted by Australia’s [The] Little Stevies; song-circles hosted by various members of the Folk Festival’s line-up; Sirens With Strings, where Basia Bulat and Madison Violet will share their love for unusual stringed things; and interviews with the likes of Colin Hay (of Men At Work) among others.
Music fans can be part of this once-in-a-lifetime festival experience at this year’s Ottawa Folk Festival, August 25 – 28, 2011. Visit ottawafolk.com for more on this and other festival news.
— Crystal Lynn Huntoon