Tenth Annual

Princeton Traditional Music Festival

Friday 18 to Sunday 20 August ~ 2017


The Festival presents concerts by individual performing groups and also workshops. A workshop focuses on a particular topic and is presented by a panel of singers and musicians who are on the stage at the same time. A host will introduce the panel and guide the workshop.


 Saturday 12:30 – 1:30 pm Vermilion Stage
France is the motherland of “La Francophonie” and Quebec, Acadia, Louisiana, and many other places are its children. Sharing this music today are Claire Boucher, Les Fleurs Sauvages, Lyn Pinkerton, Rika Ruebsaat and Vazzy.

TRADITIONAL BALLADS from the Child Collection
 Saturday 1:30 pm– 2:30 pm Museum Stage
Ballads are songs that tell stories. Traditional ballads are ones that have been passed down over hundreds of years telling stories of love, murder and passion. Today’s balladeers are Rosaleen Gregory, Tim Hall, Lyn Pinkerton, and Emily and Lyn Van Lidth de Jeude.

 Saturday 2 pm– 3:30 pm Vermilion Stage
The fiddle is the powerhouse of the band and the centrepiece of the session. Today’s fiddlers are Tracy Beckett, Michael Burnyeat, Nils Chase, Barry Cole, Heather Fenwick, Immanuel, Francis and Robert McKenty, Randy Vic and Bryn Wilkin.

 Saturday 3:30 – 4:30 pm Vermilion Stage
There are many jokes about banjos, but when played well they are a joy to the ear. This session features five banjo virtuosos who will delight you with their frailing and finger picking -- Bob Bossin, David Lowther, Mike Marker Tom Rawson and Jerry Middaugh.

 Sunday 11 am –noon Vermilion Stage
Put a bunch of passionate Celtic fiddlers, guitar players, flautists, pipers, and the like on stage together and see what happens!

 Sunday 12 – 1 pm Museum Stage
Sailors sang songs when they were off watch -- songs about the girls on shore, about shipwrecks or about other aspects of a sailor's life. You'll also hear songs about fishing on the west coast. Sharing this rich musical culture will be Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat, John Gothard, Tim Hall, David Kessler and Patrick Spearing.

 Sunday 1 – 1:45 pm Gazebo next to Vermilion Stage
In the days of the tall ships sailors used to sing songs called “shanties” while they worked. Shanties provided the rhythm that went with a particular job as well as giving sailors extra “oomph” to raise a sail or haul up the anchor. They’re great fun to sing along with, so join the throng under the gazebo!

 Sunday 2 – 3 pm Museum Square Stage
While CEOs and corporations float in a stratosphere of riches, much of the world struggles on the ground just trying to get by. Everywhere, including in Canada, the gap between the rich and poor is getting wider each day. Before you get too depressed about it, take heart in these songs that speak of the struggle for a better world. Today’s singers are Bob Bossin, Linda Chobotuck, Tim Hall, Jim and Madeleine and Lyn and Stoney.

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The Festival

Admission is FREE.  Events are held on several stages in the centre of Princeton and begin on Friday evening with a public street dance and an Irish ceili band. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday there's a potpourri of concerts, workshops, and jams.

The Scene

This event is primarily for and about the performers. Traditional Music lacks venue in the west, so players, singers, dancers, and fans are willing to travel in order to meet up. Professional performers are making personal sacrifices in order to be here, but the many people who come just to listen attests to the unique value of this event. For those new to the Festival please have a look at the Our Story page to learn about how it started and what Traditional Music means to us.


The Place

Nestled among rolling hills of ranchland, the little town of Princeton is the gateway to the Okanagan. About 300 km from Vancouver, it is the first town after Hope along the Crowsnest Highway. Summers are hot and dry - just what we like for our festival which takes place mostly in the streets.


In addition to the sponsors, this festival is primarily supported by hard work and artists who perform for free. However, we aim to pay for artist's meals and at least part of their transportation costs. Please consider contributing in order to help maintain this important cultural event.

Become a Member

You can support the continuing operation of the festival by buying a $10 membership.


Every year we need a stage crew, MCs, office staff, and many other important helpers. If you want to be part of this exciting event in this way, please let us know. volunteers@princetontraditional.org


We encourage the sale of food, crafts, art, and more at the Festival. Please contact the Vendor Coordinator. vendors@princetontraditional.org


Funding for the Festival comes from donations, as well as grants from the Town of Princeton, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, the Province of British Columbia, and the Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage Program of Canadian Heritage.

We thank you all!

Festival Audience



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