Miramichi Folksong Festival Starts this NB Day Weekend!

Marshall Button will open the 56th Annual Miramichi Folksong Festival.

Marshall Button will open the 56th Annual Miramichi Folksong Festival.

The 56th Annual Miramichi Folksong Festival kicks off this Sunday, August 4th and as always they’ve got a great line-up of entertainment for the five day event!

The festival begins at 2 pm on Sunday afternoon with the annual Pre-Festival Open Air Gospel Concert on the Beaverbrook Kin Centre patio at 100 Newcastle Boulevard around the square, Newcastle. A Freewill Offering will be collected.

Special Guests include Gerald Doiron, soloist, St. Mary’s Folk Choir and local musicians, Blair Baisley, Katelyn Estey, Shirley Estey, Donna and Tyrone Hubbard, Susan and Mary Butler, and Barb Somers and Second Chance. If it rains the concert will be held inside. Please bring your own lawn chair.

On Monday morning from 9 – 11:30 am at the Beaverbrook Kin Centre join Jim Morrison and The Down East Entertainers with Susan Butler, Melanie Ross Breen, and The Gillis Family for a special folksong style New Brunswick Day breakfast. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children, available at the door.

The Official Opening Ceremonies happen Monday evening August 5th from 7 pm at the Kin Centre. Advance tickets are $15 or available at the door for $18. The ceremony is also included in the weekly pass, now on sale for $72.50.

Special guest Marshall Button will officially open the Festival. He is much more than Lucien. Marshall works in film, television and with the business community, helping to make everyday events come to life in an energetic and entertaining fashion. He is New Brunswick’s Ambassador for entertainment. The event will also feature The Miramichi Fiddlers, NB’s Accordianist Extraordinaire, Roger Lanteigne and Al Parrish from Kitchener, Ontario.

The festival continues throughout the week with noon luncheons featuring live musical performances, evening concerts, a children’s show, a special Folksong Feast and Fun Package, a voice and drumming workshop, an old fashioned jam session at the famed Blackhorse Tavern, and a dinner theatre with Miramichi’s own, The Heritage Players. This year’s festival truly offers a little something for everyone!

For the complete schedule of events and line-up of performers or to buy tickets visit the website at www.miramichifolksongfestival.com or contact Susan Butler at (506) 622-1780, email .

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