New dates, big East Coast line-up for Stanfest 2018

By Helen Murphy    

GUYSBOROUGH – Ticket sales are going strong as Stanfest steams toward its new mid-summer dates for 2018. Artistic Director Troy Greencorn tells The Journal organizers are getting positive feedback on the change from early to late July.

“Being in the middle of summer, with virtually no other major music events, is really helping sales,” he said Monday. “We just need the weatherman to work with us and we expect a banner year. I feel like we will look back on the date change as a big turnaround point after the winds of 2014 and rains of 2017.”

Weather and music festival competition hurt the event in recent years, including the heavy rains and special Canada 150 events for the first weekend of July in 2017.

In addition to the schedule change, this year’s edition boasts Stanfest’s biggest East Coast artist contingent ever.

“All the stars of our industry. Joel Plaskett, Ashley MacIsaac, Rawlins Cross, Matt Andersen, Rose Cousins — and the list goes on,” said Greencorn.

“Suzy Bogguss is our international headliner. She is a Grammy award winner with millions of records sold, one of the great writers of our generation.”

The special spirit of Stanfest is expected to be alive and well at this year’s kick-off party, featuring Newfoundland's Rum Ragged and Cape Breton's Matt Minglewood.

Greencorn also highlights that there will be “late night jams everywhere.”

A big part of Stanfest’s success continues to be its army of hard-working volunteers. “We never have a challenge (recruiting volunteers),” says Greencorn. “We are at 600-plus volunteers and growing. We still have great jobs to fill.”

This year’s Stan Rogers Folk Festival runs from Thursday, July 26 to Sunday, July 29. See the full schedule inside this week’s Journal.