Festival of Folk Song and Dance this weekend

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The gymnasium at Donald C. Jamieson Academy in Burin will be swinging this weekend with the sounds of the 31st edition of the Burin Peninsula Festival of Folk Song and Dance.

The Burin Peninsula Festival of Folk Song and Dance runs from Friday through Sunday at Donald C. Jamieson Academy in Burin.

The three-day festival, sponsored annually by the Burin Peninsula Arts Council, opens Friday evening at 6:45 p.m. and continues all day Saturday and Sunday.

Dozens of musicians from around the peninsula are set to perform, including Joe Pidgeon, Jeff Pittman and Ryan Baker, Vanessa Jackman, Con Fitzpatrick, Jenna Kelly, Earl Pardy, Frank Banfield and Mark Browne to name but a few.

Special guests include the John Boy and Raquel Walsh, Ray Walsh Family Band, Jim Payne, the Little Bay Heritage Dancers, the Tricentia Traditional Group, the Penney Folk Dancers, the Burin Heritage Dancers and the Sweet Forget Me Nots.

The weekend features sessions such as If You’re Irish; Ruth Matthews’ Passing it On; Songs of Inspiration; Out of Placentia Bay; Songs, Jigs and a Step or Two and Freddie John’s Youth Session.

Daily and weekend passes are available at the door.

Organizations: Burin Peninsula Arts Council

Geographic location: Little Bay, Placentia Bay

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