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Back 40 Folk Festival celebrates 29 years

The 29th annual Back 40 Folk Festival is soon to get underway at Morden Park, featuring some of Manitoba’s best musicians, artisans, and food from noon until 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

The 29th annual Back 40 Folk Festival is soon to get underway at Morden Park, featuring some of Manitoba’s best musicians, artisans, and food from noon until 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2018.

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The 29th annual Back 40 Folk Festival is soon to get underway at Morden Park, featuring some of Manitoba’s best musicians, artisans, and food from noon until 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2018. 
An exciting slate of entertainers awaits.
This year’s performers include:
• Watermelon Slim – “The most exciting and authentic blues performer I’ve heard in years.” A.W., Paste Magazine. Bill “Watermelon Slim” Homans has built a remarkable reputation with his raw, impassioned intensity. HARP Magazine wrote “From sizzling slide guitar...to nitty-gritty harp blowing...to a gruff, resonating Okie twang, Slim delivers acutely personal workingman blues with both hands on the wheel of life, a bottle of hooch in his pocket, and the Bible on the passenger seat. He’s got that cry in his voice that only the greatest singers in the genre have had before him.” Watermelon Slim & The Workers have garnered 17 Blues Music Award nominations in four years including a record-tying six in both 2007 & 2008.
• Dirty Catfish Brass Band – Dirty Catfish Brass Band’s aim is to inspire, create and instigate – but, mostly, they just want you on your feet. Dirty Catfish Brass Band deals in powerful phrasing and performances drenched with rhythm. Invoking the sounds of the New Orleans brass tradition, the collective dares to reimagine the streets of a prairie city as one that is hot, alive, and brimming with soul.  Based in Winnipeg, MB, the crew strives to surprise, challenge, tickle and pay homage to the New Orleans tradition by giving it a new audience in an unsuspecting locale. In true Louisiana tradition, these boys stick to the spontaneity of festivals, alleyway performance and all around late nights.  The band doesn’t ask permission to play, and the crowd certainly doesn’t ask them to stop.
• Frannie Klein -- Frannie Klein is bringing real country music back.  Authentic and genuine - she is the real deal.  Growing up on Lake Manitoba and raised on a cattle ranch, she has been immersed in the country lifestyle since birth.  Forever embracing her aboriginal heritage, she often spends time back in Ebb & Flow First Nation, and credits much of her musical passion, fierce spirit, and attitude to her time spent there. 
• Scott Nolan - Scott Nolan is a songwriter, poet, multi instrumentalist from Winnipeg, Manitoba Treaty One Territory. His songs have been recorded by Hayes Carll, Mary Gauthier, Watermelon Slim, and Corin Raymond among others. He has recently produced albums for William Prince, Lynne Hanson, and Watermelon Slim.
• Ed Wayne and the North Border Band - Singer/songwriter Ed Wayne is truly a country artist. His style of music borders on Americana, Folk and Outlaw Country. It is known for its ability to speak to common people about things that really matter. Songs of love, heartache, faith in God and the struggles of life. Ed has been singing songs together with “The North Border Band” for nearly 7 years. Entertaining audiences in Manitoba and beyond. Ed Wayne and the North Border Band deliver an exciting down to earth show for all ages.
• Jess Reimer and Jeremy Hamm - There is no denying that an artist is a reflection of their environment, and the harsh beauty of rural Manitoba is at the heart of Jess Reimer’s work. Be it snowed-in, wool-wearing imagery or dirt under your nails, ‘sweating through the yellow silk’, the extremes and heartiness of Manitoba are in Jess’ songs. Listening to Reimer it is clear she is unwaveringly connected to the soul of traditional North American music. There are times when she sounds as if she’s on stage at the Grand Ole Opry circa 1963. Jess has been a part of Winnipeg, MB’s roots music scene for years, and with her latest album, The Nightjar and The Garden, she’s been embraced by a wider audience.
• Jenessa Kehler -- Jenessa Kehler has been writing music since she was 15 years old and has yet to run out of things to sing about.  Her songs cover a wide range of topics from love and heartbreak to culture and philosophy.  She draws inspiration from other poets, activists and songwriters who speak from the feminist perspective of woman’s experience.  She is a mother and a classical guitar instructor in Southern Manitoba.   Jenessa has released 2 albums of folk music, “For the Sleepless Nights” and “Raw” and one electronic/pop album under the band name Citizens Already entitled “We Make the Music”.
• Paul Bergman released his first recording in 2003.  “Anthropology” is his fifth and most recent.  He lives in the Altona area and is working on his latest batch of songs.
• Festival Emcee / Children’s Entertainer – LuLu and the TomCat perform an energetic and highly interactive stage show, composed of sing-alongs, storytelling, puppetry and audience participation. They create a wonderful atmosphere of fun and laughter, with a colourful catalogue of tunes for any occasion and have a fresh and fun approach to family “edu-tainment.” These two-time winners of the Western Canadian Music Awards have produced nine award-winning albums (six nominations for WCMA in addition to three Parents’ Choice Awards) and entertain audiences locally and internationally in schools, libraries, festivals and community centres across Canada and in Cuba.
Songwriters Workshop
As per tradition, a Songwriters Workshop will be held mid-day on the festival stage. The workshop is a collaboration between festival musicians to build off of each other for a spectacular display of musicianship.
Tweeners
The Back 40 will feature four talented local musicians as tweener acts throughout the day: Chris Freeman, Mykayla Klassen, John Wiebe, and
Children’s Tent
The Back 40 Folk Festival is a family-focused festival and continues to plan an afternoon full of interactive activities in the kids’ tent.
Artisan Village
Artisans from across the province set up inside the Morden Park bowl to offer a variety of crafts and hand-made items, which is possible in partnership with the Pembina Hills Arts Centre.
Fill the Bowl Campaign – Group ticket package
With a contribution of $150 you will receive 10 festival passes to give out to employees, family, and friends, or to purchase as a group.  This discounted ticket offer is only offered in advance and must be purchased directly from a board member.  Contact 204-362-7038 or email info@back40folkfest.com.
Ticket Information
Advance tickets are $20, tickets at the gate are $25, kids 12 and under are free.  The student rate is $10 available only at the gate with appropriate identification.  Advanced tickets can be purchased at Whitecap Coffee (Winkler), Thornview Grocery (Morden), or online at www.back40folkfest.com.