Calgary Folk Music Festival continues 40th anniversary celebrations with Fall Concert Series featuring Richard Thompson, Terra Lightfoot and Alex Cuba

This year’s Calgary Folk Music Festival has come and gone.

What’s next?

How about more folk fest — spread out through the remainder of the year.

The 40th anniversary celebrations continue with the announcement of the fest’s Fall Concert Series featuring a lineup that’s as genre-defying as the summer event itself.

It all kicks off with a pair of shows by Texas Americana artist Hayes Carll Sept. 5 and 6 at Festival Hall. (Note: the second show is sold out.)

Also on the list, and relevant to the milestone they’ve reached, is a special free show, also at Festival Hall, to mark the vinyl release of the Cover Art compilation album, which has local acts covering songs of past festival performers from the last four decades. Bands and artists who will be participating over the evening will be announced soon.

As for the rest of the season, other concerts include: 

  • a Sept. 19 show at The Palace with Canadian R&B act Rhye
  • St. John’s folk trio The Once Oct. 8 at Festival Hall
  • acclaimed B.C.-based slam poet and musician C.R. Avery with the storm collective Oct. 11 also at the Hall
  • veteran soul-infused roots rocker Martin Sexton Oct. 19 at the festival’s home
  • Brooklyn indie-pop act San Fermin Oct. 30 at Commonwealth Bar and Stage
  • British folk icon Richard Thompson and fellow folk legend Eliza Gilkyson Oct. 31 at the Bella Concert Hall
  • superlative Hamilton songwriter and tasty rock guitarist Terra Lightfoot Nov. 2 at The Gateway
  • cheeky English folkies The Young’uns Nov. 7 at the Hall
  • on Nov. 8 at The Gateway is Juno-winning Celtic threesome The East Pointers
  • the next night, Nov. 9, at The Gateway is Toronto’s “Balkan-Klezmer-Gypsy-Party-Punk-Super Band” Lemon Bucket Orkestra 
  • East Coast folk-pop pair Fortunate Ones on Nov. 14 at Festival Hall
  • Latin Grammy- and Juno-winning world music songwriter and monster guitarist Alex Cuba the next night, Nov. 15, at the same venue
  • and finally the annual Charlie Brown’s Christmas on Nov. 30 at the Bella Concert Hall, featuring “original drummer Jerry Granelli and a charming local children’s choir perform(ing) the original score as he shares stories.”

Tickets for all of the shows are available now from