This weekend, despite the island being underwater five weeks go, Prince’s Island Park played host to the always awesome Calgary Folk Music Festival.

Besides the friends, the beer gardens, the delicious food and the weather, one of my favourite things about any folk festival is its ability to introduce me to new music that I wouldn’t have discovered otherwise. Some of my favourites finds of the past include Dan Mangan and Lindi Ortega, both are still on regular rotation on my iPod.

20130728_143237One of my biggest regrets of this festival was that I didn’t get to see more of Jordie Lane.  I could practically hear him singing from across the park and we headed over to his stage immediately. By the time we got there, we only had a chance to hear a couple of songs, but it was enough for me, I was hooked.  For this particular performance, Jordie was paired with a particularly stunning voice, whose name I did not get a chance to grab, but picture The Civil Wars. The Australian singer’s songs were romantic, rocking and uplifting. I couldn’t imagine a better performance to wake you up and get you ready for day four of the Folk Festival.

Like many of the artists at Folk Fest, Lane is hardly new to the music scene, in fact, according to his bio, he’s been playing instruments since he was four years old.  I’m still learning much more about this super talented musician, but that’s kinda exciting, because if a handful of songs was enough to hook me, I can’t wait to hear the rest of his music.

In the coming days and weeks, if you find yourself in Banff, Vancouver or Victoria, then you’re in luck, because you’ll have a chance to see Jordie Lane20130728_143201

All photos taken with the Samsung Galaxy Camera.

Mike Morrison


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