Behold! The 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival Lineup!

>> Saturday, 24 March 2012

The 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival lineup dropped earlier and, if my Twitter feed can be used as a veritable litmus test, there's a ton of excitement permeating Winnipeg this morning.

Running from Wednesday, July 4th to Sunday, July 8th, this year's festival once again brings some stellar acts to Bird's Hill, including Iron & Wine, K'Naan, Beth Orton (me: wow!), Blitzen Trapper, Bahamas, Elliot Brood, The Head and The Heart, and the previously announced Feist.

Below is the lineup (there's still some more acts to come apparently) and below that is the Main Stage schedule.

What say you, Dear Readers? Who are you excited to see? Who were you hoping would come? Attending the whole thing? Picking the odd day?

Aaron Burnett
Abigail Washburn
Adam Cohen
Atomic Duo
Belle Starr
Besh O DroM
Beth Orton
Bill Frisell-Songs Of John Lennon
Billy Bragg
Black Sea Station
Blitzen Trapper
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires
Chic Gamine
David Bromberg Quartet
De Temps Antan
Doug Paisley
Dry Bones
Eliza Gilkyson
Elliot Brood
Ellis Paul
Emmanuel Jal
Fish & Bird
Good Old War
Grant Lawrence
Gustavo and the Green Fools
Iron & Wine
Jake Chenier Band
James Vincent McMorrow
Jimmy Lafave
Junior Brown
Justin Rutledge
Kim Churchill
Madison Violet
Martyn Joseph
Mary Gauthier
Matt Andersen
Natalia Zukerman
Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou
Pharis & Jason Romero
Pokey Lafarge and the South City Three
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
Royal Wood
Ruthie Foster
Sam Amidon
Sarah and Christian Dugas
Shelley Bean & the Duckety Muds
Sidi Toure
Steep Canyon Rangers
Tedeschi Trucks Band
The Barr Brothers
The Beauties
The Head and The Heart
The Steeldrivers
Todd Snider
Walking Woody's Road feat. Mary Gauthier, Jimmy Lafave, Ellis Paul and Eliza Gilkyson
Willy Porter
Yves Lambert Trio


Wednesday, July 4

James Vincent McMorrow

Thursday, July 5

Good Old War
Bill Frisell Explores the Music of John Lennon
Billy Bragg

Friday, July 6

Sidi Toure
Matt Andersen
Beth Orton
Junior Brown
Tedeschi Trucks Band

Saturday, July 7

Carolina Chocolate Drops
Charles Bradley & the Extraordinaires
Todd Snider
The Head and the Heart

Sunday, July 8

Ruthie Foster
Iron And Wine
Walking Woodies Road – Featuring Jimmy Lafave, Mary Gauthier,
Eliza Gilkyson, Ellis Paul and David Bromberg


Dana,  24 March 2012 at 11:27  

super super excited for the head and the heart!

willlllllllll,  24 March 2012 at 16:22  

In response to your questions:
I'm really quite disappointed with the lineup this year, really nothing that gets me excited. Wednesday looks to be the pick of the days, along with The Head and the Heart who should be interesting, as might DeVotchca.
I was hoping for more from the Arts & Crafts label alongside Feist and Bahamas.
As you said though, most people in the 'Twittersphere', or at least those getting a RT from WFF, seem to be pretty happy, so I'm probably in the minority on this.

time fades away,  24 March 2012 at 21:28  

For the price it's a pretty poor lineup. Check out the lineup for Regina Folk Festival...a much more intimate setting and a better lineup. I think that WFF has been coasting for a couple of years now, taking advantage (to use their own words) of the fact that people will go out of habit.

Young Icelander,  25 March 2012 at 09:27  

The Head and the Heart and Beth Orton!

Blue 25 March 2012 at 16:31  

Yeah, this is somewhat disappointing. Iron and Wine, Billy Bragg and Feist are fine, but that doesn't quite cut it for me. Next year, I think I'll wait until they announce the acts before I buy my ticket.

Hoping there are at least one or two more notable names announced closer to the date.

Anonymous,  26 March 2012 at 09:09  

Beth Orton, Billy Bragg and The Head and the heart are good gets. But I will not return to the folk fest until they change the rules/format that make it more like a picnic than a music fest. The use of tarps, chairs and flags makes it harder to get a good spot and makes it more likely that people will be yakking about their camping trip than listening to the music on stage. _ Steve

Anonymous,  26 March 2012 at 11:07  

Yes, a bit underwhelming.

Sam Amidon, Blitzen Trapper, Feist, James Vincent McMorrow, and Beth Orton will be highlights for me.

Tickle Me Pink,  26 March 2012 at 15:17  

definitely sitting out this year. too many acts that regularly come through winnipeg.

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