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Our seven favourite performances and discoveries from the 36th Annual Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Last week, we returned home following an incredible trip to Canada that ended with a weekend in Edmonton for the 36th Annual Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Surrounded by the beautiful scenery of the riverside city, and perched on natural ampitheatres against almost all of the festival's seven stages, there was a comfort and beauty to this festival that made it an experience unlike any other.

Photo Gallery: Edmonton Folk Festival Day Two ft. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros + Frazey Ford + More! (07.08.15)

We take you to the second day of the action at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival in Canada with the headlining performances of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros and Frazey Ford. Also featured is "On a String" - a collaborative performance featuring The Once and others, "Magical Moments" - featuring Bear's Den, John Smith, Jenn Grant and Danny Michel, visiting Nashville performer Mike Farris and Edmonton's child violin prodigy Jack Forestier.

VIVID Live Review: Sounds of the South feat. Justin Vernon + Megafaun + Frazey Ford - Sydney Opera House (01.06.13)

As a wholehearted tribute to the truly phenomenal power of blues and folk, “Sounds of the South” was an incredible show. A part of the Vivid LIVE programme at the Sydney Opera House, this is bound to have been one of the most exciting projects of the festival, due to both its great ensemble of musicians and stunning selection of material. Drawing upon the talents of Megafaun, Fight The Big Bull, Justin Vernon and Frazey Ford, we were treated to an array of stunning vocals and exciting instrumental sections.

the AU interview: Phil Cook of Megafaun (North Carolina)

Sydney's VIVID Live program is set to host an exploration into the heart of American folk and blues music, courtesy of Megafaun and Fight the Big Bull. The Durham-based band, along with the Matthew E. White led jazz collective, will be presenting a reinterpretation of Alan Lomax's Sounds of the South collection of recordings from 1961. With Justin Vernon and Frazey Ford on vocal duties, these are set to be special shows and highlights of the VIVID Live program for sure.