(ANNews) – Another stellar Edmonton Folk Festival wrapped up on Sunday night August 6, with great music, a wonderful atmosphere and the natural amphitheatre of Gallagher Hill that makes it a truly unforgettable experience. An electrifying performance by the energetic and soulful Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats closed out the festival with thousands of satisfied festival goers pledging their return next year.
On Saturday Digging Roots gave a powerhouse performance at one of the side stages. The group includes husband and wife Raven Kanatakta and Shoshona Kish. Digging Roots showed off their versatility in an eclectic workshop before their main performance – going from jamming with an African American Roots Choir to trading ripping guitar solos with Grammy award winning guitarist Albert Lee.
When it came time for Digging Roots to be in the spotlight, they opted to share it with unscheduled blues duo The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer. Digging Roots flaunted an incredible balance of flirtatious, energetic swagger, all while taking a stand on important social issues.
Their performance featured the songs “Cut My Hair” about the residential schools and the healing power of music, and “Hwy 17” that takes a stand against violence in light of the national crisis of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The underlying message of the performance: love can defeat violence. “Our greatest act of resistance is to be joyful and loving,” said Kish. They’re certainly doing their part by spreading joy and love through inspired and original music.
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Wow heard lots of wonderful statements about good times, good music and a lot about this group…Digging Roots…well loved.