Three to see at this year’s Winnipeg Folk Festival

A trifecta of acts you shouldn’t miss

Tedeschi-Trucks Band
Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Tedeschi-Trucks Band

Friday, July 6
10:40 p.m. at the Main Stage

The nephew of a founding member of the Allman Brothers, Derek Trucks formed the Derek Trucks Band and performed with Bob Dylan before he even turned 20. He has released nine albums and twice appeared on Rolling Stone’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

His wife, Susan Tedeschi, is no slouch either, having released five acclaimed studio albums, opened for B.B. King and the Rolling Stones, and recorded with Double Trouble.

In 2010, the duo joined forces to create an 11-piece blues rock band and release the Grammy-winning album, Revelator.

The band is currently touring in support of a live album, titled Everybody’s Talkin’. Download a free song from the double-disc set when you visit

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

Saturday, July 7
7:10 p.m. at the Main Stage

Charles Bradley only released his debut album last year, but the 64-year-old has been making music for most of his life.

The acclaimed musician, whose voice has drawn comparisons to Otis Redding, was discovered by record label executives while performing a James Brown tribute act under the name Black Soul.

Having left his James Brown impersonations behind, Bradley’s debut album No Time for Dreaming was named one of Rolling Stone’s top 50 albums of 2011 and he performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Last Call with Carson Daly in support of it.

A new documentary that premiered at SXSW earlier this year, Charles Bradley: Soul of America, chronicles the singer’s incredible journey out of poverty.

Don’t miss the Screaming Eagle of Soul.



Sunday, July 8

8:45 p.m. at Big Blue @ Night

This critically-acclaimed sideman-turned-solo artist returns to the Winnipeg Folk Festival for a performance on the alternative stage.

Known for his work with Feist, Jason Collett and Great Lake Swimmers, the artist born Afie Jurvanen released Barchords earlier this year, his second collection of quiet, stripped-down folk songs that showcase his acoustic guitar playing and compelling voice.

The Los Angeles Times called Barchords “that delightfully rare kind of record that commands an instant replay,” while the Globe and Mail called Jurvanen “a sublime, incomparable leading man, one with a soulful, sweet and stylish touch in his song-writing.”

If seeing him perform Sunday evening isn’t enough, you can also see Jurvanen participate in a number of workshops throughout the weekend, including Sunday afternoon’s Levon Helm tribute.


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Published in Volume 66, Number 28 of The Uniter (June 27, 2012)

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