Colleen Power Performs in Both Official Languages at The 41st Annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival

Colleen will be a busy gal at the 41st annual Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, scheduled for this weekend in Bannerman park. Power will be performing two completely different sets of music — in both official languages — along with a songwriter workshop.

“It’s a perfect co-incidence for Canada 150,” says Power, who regularly performs in the Francophone tent every year, along with other local and visiting Francophone acts.

“It’s also my 20th year performing with Aneirin Thomas on bass, who’s my main man for French conversation, being a Francophone himself. I believe we’re so lucky to live in a bilingual country. We are blessed to have a double opportunity in Canada with two official languages, both for employment and expression, and to connect with our history.”

On Saturday, Aug. 5th, Power will take the stage for a concert in the Espace Franco (Francophone Tent) from 3:45-4:30 p.m. She’ll be performing along with Jason Whelan on lead guitar, Aneirin Thomas on bass, and Elliot Dicks on drums.

On Sunday, Aug. 6th, she will be up early for an 11 a.m. performance of “Oh Lonesome Me — Tales of Lovers Lost” in the Oral Traditions tent & Dance Stage, along with Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Sharon & Bram, and Peter Willie Youngtree.

Power, an award-winning singer/songwriter, will feature songs from her latest album, Raised on This, on the TD Main Stage at 3:50-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, along with Jason Whelan on guitar, Aneirin Thomas on bass, Ed Sutherby on drums and Rob Brown on whistles and Uilleann pipes. Raised on This is a collection of Newfoundland, Irish and Celtic songs that are close to Power’s heart.

Raised on This, along with her two Francophone releases Terre-Neuvienne and Le Bonheur Domestique will be available at the Fred’s Records tent all weekend.