Calgary Folk Music Festival announces final marquee artist Gillian Welch
The Calgary Folk Music Festival announces the final addition to an already buzzed-about line up. Gillian Welch will perform Saturday July 28, in the timeslot left vacant by Sinead O’Connor’s sudden cancellation of her North American tour. Gillian Welch, performing with long-time collaborator David Rawlings, is the epitome of folk-country simplicity. She exudes pure harmony, with a sound that seems coaxed from the dusty floorboards of a clapboard recording studio high in the Tennessee mountains. A true voice of the American south, Welch is an inspiration to other songwriters, and has had her songs recorded by artists including Allison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Blind Pilot, and Jimmy Buffet. Gillian joins an already stellar line up of artists including Chris Isaak, Randy Newman, Dan Mangan, Charles Bradley, Serena Ryder, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Jeff Mangum (Neutral Milk Hotel), Iron & Wine and Beirut. A list of all 68 artists performing at the 33rd annual festival is available here: http://www.calgaryfolkfest.com/artists <http://www.calgaryfolkfest.com/artists> Tickets for the Calgary Folk Music Festival are selling at an unprecedented rate! Early Bird 4-day passes sold out in under a week, and regular priced 4-day passes and single-day tickets are selling faster than ever before. The festival is now more than 60% sold, weeks ahead of previous years, and the festival anticipates all tickets will be snapped up before the end of June. Tickets are available online at http://www.calgaryfolkfest.com/tickets <http://www.calgaryfolkfest.com/tickets> or by phone at 403-233-0904.