Folk Guild’s 30th-anniversary bash one of its best ever

Daniel Lapp blows his own horn with gusto during the Islands Folk Festival. - Peter W. Rusland
Daniel Lapp blows his own horn with gusto during the Islands Folk Festival.
— image credit: Peter W. Rusland

Thousands of folkies seemed satisfied with the weekend’s 30th-annual Islands Folk Festival at Providence Farm.

Cool, partly sunny — but not hot — weather kept heat stroke and wasps at bay as Cowichan Folk Guild’s new artistic director, Bobbie Blue, successfully helmed her first IFF saluting festival founders.

Attendance, helped by electronic and gate sales, was strong and action was slightly staggered between the festival’s four stages, allowing a nice flow between acts spanning spoken word to flamenco to blues and African fare.

Valley singer Paul Ruszel bested eight tunesmiths to win the Island Songwriting Contest Friday with his tune, No More Bridges.

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