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Folk fest releases main stage headliners

Singer and songwriter Ben Caplan.

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Singer and songwriter Ben Caplan.

Brandonites will be treated to music from nationally and internationally recognized performers this summer at the 30th annual Brandon Folk, Music and Art Fesitval.

Martin Sexton

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Martin Sexton (FILE PHOTO)

The artists that will take the main stage throughout the July 25–27 weekend include Brandon talent like Slow Spirit and Son Latino, other Manitoba performerslike Mariachi Ghost and Chez Willi, plus acts from further afield, like Martin Sexton, Cold Specks and Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers.

The festival site, underneath the trees of the Keystone Centre grounds in Brandon will become an epicentre of activity for the weekend, hosting an Under the Canvas Makers Market, a fun-filled family area, daytime entertainment and workshops, and of course a fantastic main stage evening schedule. New to this year, we are thrilled to announce that each of the evening headliners will be performing a full concert length set to close out each evening!

Critically acclaimed Martin Sexton will headline Friday night. He is described as a musicianʼs musician and prolific recording artist who first made his mark in the early 90s. His songs cover the American musical landscape, combining soul, gospel, R&B, country and blues.

Saturday night's headliner will be Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers. Caplan's voice is rugged, raspy, and charismatic; his songwriting is bold and melodramatic, telling stories of life and love on the road with a distinctly Nova Scotian feel.

Closing the festival on Sunday night is a 26-year-old Canadian singer under the name Cold Specks. Since her arrival on the music scene in 2011, Cold Specks has combined talent and depth of feeling. Now, she's returning after a world map of tours with an ever deepening sound that dwells upon  beauty found in the dark and unknown.

The festival's full musical line-up and more information — as well as early bird tickets — are available on-line at brandonfolkfestival.ca.

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