DakhaBrakha at the Calgary Folk Music Festival, July 23, 2015
© J. Ashley Nixon
The 36th Edition of the Calgary Folk Music Festival got underway at Princes Island last night. Starting up the first of four days of eclectic music from around the world, perennial provincial favourites Jr. Gone Wild played the National Stage. They had an appreciative audience, there to relive some memories of their gigs in the 1980s or to find out what founder Mike MacDonald and band mates had been up to with their blend of alt-country since reuniting in 2013.
Meanwhile over at the Main Stage, the monochromatic looking world music quartet, DakhaBrakha (means “give-take”) were playing some intriguing Ukrainian melodies beneath their impressive headgear (see header photo). Shakey Graves from Austin, Texas, played a captivating, high-energy one man band set.