VIDEO: Folk Fest continues to draw big crowds to enjoy great music in relaxed Cowichan ambience

German charmer Hanne Kah and her band make a welcome return to Folk Fest. (photos by Lexi Bainas/Citizen)German charmer Hanne Kah and her band make a welcome return to Folk Fest. (photos by Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
It’s been two years since they were last at Folk Fest and fans are happy to welcome back German performer Hanne Kah and her band. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)It’s been two years since they were last at Folk Fest and fans are happy to welcome back German performer Hanne Kah and her band. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
German charmer Hanne Kah and her band make a welcome return to Folk Fest. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)German charmer Hanne Kah and her band make a welcome return to Folk Fest. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Lively German group Hanne Kah is a real crowd pleaser at the Spirit Stage. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Lively German group Hanne Kah is a real crowd pleaser at the Spirit Stage. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Qristina and Quinn Bachand present a lively show on the big Island stage at Folk Fest.Qristina and Quinn Bachand present a lively show on the big Island stage at Folk Fest.
Qristina and Quinn Bachand present a lively show on the big Island stage at Folk Fest. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Qristina and Quinn Bachand present a lively show on the big Island stage at Folk Fest. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Well known in the Cowichan Valley (and many other places) for the quality of their performances, Qristina and Quinn Bachand never fail to please. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Well known in the Cowichan Valley (and many other places) for the quality of their performances, Qristina and Quinn Bachand never fail to please. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Quinn Bachand is famous for his talented playing of many instruments. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Quinn Bachand is famous for his talented playing of many instruments. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Quinn Bachand is famous for his talented playing of many instruments. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Quinn Bachand is famous for his talented playing of many instruments. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is a popular Vancouver Island-based group.The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is a popular Vancouver Island-based group.
The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is a popular Vancouver Island-based group. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra is a popular Vancouver Island-based group. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
A big crowd jams the area in front of the Spirit Stage at Folk Fest to hear the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)A big crowd jams the area in front of the Spirit Stage at Folk Fest to hear the Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Luca Fogale’s soulful style delights the audience at Folk Fest 2019 on Saturday. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Luca Fogale’s soulful style delights the audience at Folk Fest 2019 on Saturday. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Performing on the Islands Stage Luca Fogale presents his sensuous sounds. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Performing on the Islands Stage Luca Fogale presents his sensuous sounds. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Performing on the Islands Stage Luca Fogale presents his sensuous sounds. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)Performing on the Islands Stage Luca Fogale presents his sensuous sounds. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Luca Fogale sings and plays on the Islands Stage at Folk Fest 2019.Luca Fogale sings and plays on the Islands Stage at Folk Fest 2019.

Folk Fest 2019: super music on many stages, quality workshops for serious musicians and listeners, a multiplicity of delicious edibles, and fun vendor booths.

Yep! It was all there.

It seemed like there were more families than ever, too, and that adds an extra lively atmosphere, especially to the daytime shows, as youngsters strolled by with sno-cones, bringing back memories for older music lovers.

The frequent shuttles from Duncan were bringing in those smart folks who decided not to bother with a car at all, especially since there was beer from Red Arrow, and cider from Merridale in the beverage tent.

Emcee Deb Maike, back in the Valley all the way from Melaque, Mexico, did a super job talking about some of the early days of Folk Fest, which she, as a founding member of the Festival, remembers all too well. And, despite health issues which keep her from performing much herself, borrowed a guitar and joined in her famous song, ‘Tzouhalem’, the theme of the festival, to close the event.



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