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Barney Bentall joining Coldsnap line up

Prince George Folkfest Society (the people who bring you Coldsnap – the prince george winter music festival) say the full festival lineup is now complete and up on its website

Rounding out our festival filled with incredible musicians is Barney Bentall, The Drifter & The Preacher himself. Bentall’s expertly crafted music, as well as the extraordinary music of Juno-nominated Marcel Gagnon, is sure to make February 2 Not Just Another Groundhog Day. In addition, Prince George’s own The Ebbs will be joining the amazing Pierre Schryer and Adam Dobres to bring us a Fiery Fiddlin’ Friday on February 5.

“We also have two live zoom workshops scheduled for the week. On February 1 at noon, join Rachelle Van Zanten for an Intro to Slide Guitar,” said Ferris Vasko, marketing manager and assistant producer, in a news release. “Rachelle will present tips and tricks for getting started with ‘that thing on your finger’ and how to tune your guitar.”

On February 2 at noon the festival will feature a songwriting workshop with B.C. musician Sarah Jane Scouten called The Traditional Music of British Columbia. Jane will be joined by folk singer/ethnographer Jeremy Pahl (Saltwater Hank) as they invite you to explore the unexpected history of traditional music of British Columbia. They will be looking at Indigenous music as well as settler’s music, examining their intersections, impacts and shared history. This workshop is part of Sarah Jane Scouten’s Song Craft Workshop Series, offered twice a month online from her home in southwest Scotland.

Both these workshops are no charge to participate, but advance registration is required in order for participants to receive the Zoom link to the workshop. Links will be sent out two days prior to the workshop date. Space is limited so register today!

“The festival is only eight short days away and we cannot wait to bring music to our community in this new, exciting, and safe way through the livestream format,” said Vasko. “We are incredibly thankful to be able to offer the best of B.C. at with no cover charge thanks to our wonderful sponsors and funders. Safety remains our top priority, and we continue to follow all Provincial Health Orders and updates, and change our plans as needed to be as safe as possible. For our full safety plan and more details, please visit our website.”

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