Winter Roots Roundup

Winter Roots Roundup



folkwaysAlive! University of Alberta in partnership with

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and Peter North

together with Festival Place present

Winter Roots Roundup V


Winter Roundup Returns to Festival Place!


As we head into the fifth edition of Winter Roots we are delighted to continue the tradition of bringing great roots music experiences to the region.


The foundation for Winter Roots is the collection of over two thousand Folkways Records housed at folkwaysAlive! on the University of Alberta campus. The vision for Winter Roots has been the creation of a series of performances, conversations, school workshops and film screenings that entertain, enlighten and educate. Winter Roots continues to take inspiration from the philosophy and traditions of Folkways while embracing the evolution of form and interpretation.


Among the artists who have provided Winter Roots audiences with engaging performances are the late David Rea, Alvin "Youngblood" Hart, Peter Case, Rosalie Sorrels, Mark DuFresne (of Roomful of Blues fame), Lowell Levinger (aka Grandpa Banana), Roy Forbes, Cindy Church, Ellen McIlwaine and Mark Hummel.


Winter Roots is also committed to showcasing Alberta-based artists and we have been pleased to bring you stellar performances by Maria Dunn, Kat Danser, Joe Nolan, Lizzy Hoyt, Jim McLennan, Byron Myhre, Terry McDade, Front Porch Roots Revue, John Rutherford, Dave Babcock and the Nightkeepers, and Tacoy Ryde.


Since Winter Roots II in 2011, we have screened several critically acclaimed music-themed films including a documentary on gospel blues legend Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Bela Flecks journey to West Africa, iconic folk-singer Phil Ochs, David Bromberg's career, and the work of Canadian harmonica ace Mike Stevens with kids in native communities in Labrador. This year we feature new films on The Bands Levon Helm and on the great folk/roots label Arhoolie Records.


Winter Roots V continues the tradition of taking folk, blues and bluegrass music into Edmonton area schools to share great music and musicians with a new generation.


We hope you will be able to join us for more than one of the features of Winter Roots V.


The Producers of Winter Roots



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