Discover something new with Vancouver Folk Fest's 'hybrid' sounds 0
Chinese folk music band Hanggai is paired with bluegrass performers this weekend at the Vancouver Folk Festival. Organizers expect lots of jam sessions to ensue when musical acts are thrown on stage together. (SUBMITTED)
Music lovers heading to Jericho Beach this weekend for the Vancouver Folk Festival can expect to be bathed in more than just the sounds of acoustic guitars.
Artistic director Linda Tanaka is positive that if “gyp-hop” — a variety of hip-hop with Gaelic and Roma influences — from Ireland’s The Latchikos doesn’t do it for some festival visitors, then the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble may have what it takes to inspire people to dance.
“You may go there to see Natalie Mains or Steve Earle, but you’re discovering all kinds of new music there,” she said.
Tanaka added the trick to making the festival stand out from other concert experiences comes down to pairing musical acts together on stage.
“Sometimes you can go to a concert and it’s just like you might as well put on a CD.”
So she’s matching up musicians based on whether they have some crossover appeal.
This year, she’s matching up bluegrass performers with Hanngai, a traditional Chinese music band featuring Mongolian throat-singing and rock influences.
“Sometimes they just take turns and sometimes they start jamming, so you get kind of a hybrid sound or something out of it.”
And when the sun dips into the ocean near Jericho Beach Park this weekend, Tanaka said the atmosphere turns “magical” as the music mixes with the lantern procession.
The festival runs Friday to Sunday.