Peterborough Folk Festival announces six more performers at August’s free music festival

Additional performers announced for the Peterborough Folk Festival at Nicholls Oval Park on 20-21 August 2022 include (left to right top to bottom): Julian Taylor; I, the Mountain; Murder Murder; The Colton Sisters; Kellie Loder; and Sharon & Randi. (KwarthaNOW publicity photo collage)

The Peterborough Folk Festival has announced six additional musical acts that will perform at the free festival at Nicholls Oval Park the weekend of August 20-21, including Julian Taylor, The Colton Sisters, I, the Mountain, Murder Murder, Kellie Loder, and – for the kids – Sharon Hampson (of Sharon, Lois & Bram) with her daughter Randi.

Musicians previously announced in early July include headliners Bahamas, The Trews Acoustic and Kathleen Edwards – the latter performing at 7:30 p.m. on Friday August 19 in a ticketed concert at the Market Hall Performing Arts Center in downtown Peterborough. Reserved tickets for Kathleen Edwards are $50 each and are available online at

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On the free weekend, the festival opens at noon on Saturday August 20 with The Bahamas performing at 9:20 p.m. and The Trews Acoustic closing the festival at 6 p.m. on Sunday August 21.

Besides the headliners, other musicians announced in early July include Odario, AHI, My Son The Hurricane, Georgia Harmer and Adria Kain, as well as local musicians Joyful Joyful, Michael C Duguay, Lauryn Macfarlane, Kayla Mohammed, Nathan Truax and Kelly. McMichael — whose album Waves has been shortlisted for the 2022 Polaris Music Prize, and the winner will be announced on September 19.

Recently announced musicians performing at Nicholls Oval Park on Saturday August 20 include:

Julian Taylor

Toronto singer-songwriter Julian Taylor has built an impeccable reputation as a truly independent artist and entrepreneur over his 25-year career in the music business. From the formative rock of Staggered Crossing to the genre fusion of Julian Taylor Band, and now revered as a solo singer-songwriter, Taylor won Solo Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards ( and a nomination in the English Songwriters category) and was nominated for two Juno Awards in 2021, as well as a Polaris Music Prize nomination.

VIDEO: “Ballad of a Young Troubadour” – Julian Taylor

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I, the Mountain

Based in Kitchener, Ontario, I, the Mountain is a four-piece indie-folk band known for their upbeat harmonies, energetic performances, and infectious songwriting. The band has built a passionate fan base of “Mountaineers” through their hard work, unyielding attitude, and genuine love for music and community.

VIDEO: “Wildflowers” ​​– Me, the Mountain

Murder Murder

Hailing from Sudbury, Ontario, Murder Murder is a full string band with suitcase percussion that creates a unique blend of bluegrass and outlaw country. The Bad demonstrates virtuoso musicality and evocative writing. backed by a wealth of original and traditional ballads.

VIDEO: “Movin On” – Murder Murder

The Colton sisters

Mary and Martha Colton — The Colton Sisters — are twin girls who grew up on a farm just outside Peterborough, Ontario. They started singing at the age of 14 and, at 16, learned to play the guitar and became interested in songwriting. Passionate songwriters whose harmonies create a unique and captivating sound, they were one of three winners of the first round of the Don Skuce Memorial Music Collective Songwriting Contest in February 2021, with their winning song “Make It” recorded by James McKenty and mastered by Grammy award-winning Peterborough native Greg Wells.

VIDEO: “Make It” – The Colton Sisters

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Artists recently announced on Sunday August 21 include:

Kellie Loder

An independent Newfoundland singer-songwriter who plays drums, guitar and piano, Kellie Loder was nominated for a 2012 Juno Award and as Contemporary Vocalist of the Year at the 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Most recently they were named Ron Hynes Songwriter of the Year 2021 at the Music NL Awards, won a 2021 East Coast Music Association (ECMA) for their breakthrough music video and song “Molded Like A Monster”, were nominated for the 2022 ECMA Songwriter of the Year as well as Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year, and were named first runner-up for the 2022 season of Canada has talent.

VIDEO: “Moulded Like a Monster” – Kellie Loder

Sharon, Lois & Bram Singalong with Sharon & Randi

After the retirement of Bramwell “Bram” Morrison from the Canadian children’s music group Sharon, Lois & Bram, founded in 1978, and with his encouragement, Sharon Hampson and her daughter Randi continue to share the music of Sharon, Lois & Bram. Bram with their fans and friends (after Lois Lilienstein died in 2015, Hampson and Morrison continued to perform as Sharon & Bram until 2018). This unique gathering is a true family affair featuring Sharon and Randi, Randi’s sons Ethan and Elijah, and Randi’s handsome Jim. Singalong highlights will include beloved Sharon, Lois and Bram favorites like “ABCD Jig”, “Hey Dum Diddley Dum”, “She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain” and, of course, “Skinnamarink”.

VIDEO: Continuing the legacy of Sharon, Lois and Bram

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Festival organizers will soon release a full list of artists and a performance schedule. In the meantime, the festival is still looking for volunteers to help with this year’s event.

To become a volunteer, make a donation or sponsor the festival, or become an artisan seller, go to

kawarthaNOW is pleased to be one of the major media sponsors of the Peterborough Folk Festival 2022.

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