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Dear festival friends,
In the wake of recent actions by the provincial government, arts organizations are reeling. The festival is no exception. In some cases, funding has not only been cut, it has been eliminated. British Columbia is the lowest supporter of the arts of any province in Canada. It has been that way for decades. It is not going to change. There will be a Mission Folk Music Festival only if you want it to be. You can be the difference by making a donation to the 25th annual Mission Folk Music Festival.

Two years ago, Murray McLachlan stood on stage at the festival introducing a song and remarked, “at some point, we have to decide what kind of a country we want to live in.” The audience broke into spontaneous applause at his words.

Echoing Murray’s words, we have to decide what kind of community we want to live in. Is it a community that encourages the imagination, nurtures creativity, and fosters shared human experiences in the arts? Is it a community that includes events like the festival? It is up to us. We decide. You can help shape the community we want by making a donation to the Mission Folk Music Festival today.

Christmas is upon us. The New Year hovers just beyond it. With it comes a very special year for the Mission Folk Music Festival – the 25th anniversary! A Christmas gift for the 25th will keep the music coming as we celebrate this milestone year for the Mission Folk Music Festival.

I like to think that music makes the world a better place, that the festival makes a positive contribution to our lives. Please support this wonderful event that takes place every July in the beautiful setting that is the Fraser River Heritage Park.

Donate today, keep the festival alive, and make our community a better place. Let’s make the 25th anniversary of the Mission Folk Music Festival the best yet.

Yours in Music,

Francis Xavier Edwards
Artistic Director

The Mission Folk Music Festival is a registered Canadian Charity and incorporated as a non-profit society in the Province of British Columbia. Your donation receives a tax receipt for the full of your donation.amount.

The Mission Folk Music Festival presents

The Christmas Rose
Music, legends & tales of Christmas
A candle lit Winter evening with
Irish Harpist and Storyteller
Patrick Ball

Tuesday, December 13 at 7:30 pm
St. Andrew’s United Church
7756 Grand Street, Mission, BC
Tickets: $20 at Murdoch’s Books, Mission
Or buy online here

About the Concert:
Some years ago Irish harpist and story teller Patrick Ball recorded a wonderful Christmas album and gave it the name The Christmas Rose after a very beautiful traditional melody that his mother loved from her childhood. The recording was awarded the National Association of Independent Record Distributors Indie Award for Best Seasonal Recording of 1991, became a best seller in its own small way, and prompted many requests for a live concert which would feature the pieces on the recording with a selection of beloved seasonal stories.

So, Patrick stepped into a magical world of English and Irish literature, Celtic legend and traditional folk beliefs and drew out tales, legends and stories, mingled them with music of Winter, Solstice, and the Christmas season and came up with a concert presentation of The Christmas Rose. The stories and music touch on what is, to Patrick’s way of thinking, the central message of the Christmas and Winter season: Hope. Hope for something wondrous. Hope for a light in the darkness.

Those who attended Patrick’s midnight story telling stage at the festival last summer have been introduced to the magic his storytelling conjures up.  This candle light concert will enrich our Christmas season with lore, music and legend to brighten the dark Winter night and bring warmth to our ears and hearts.

Patrick is donating this concert to the Mission Folk Music Festival as a way of supporting the festival in a time of severe funding cuts. Join us on December 13 to support the festival and experience a wonderful candle lit evening of music, legend and story celebrating the Christmas season. Christmas refreshments and cheer will be served. Book your tickets by simply clicking here. Or, drop by Murdoch’s Books on First Avenue in Mission.

About Patrick Ball
Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. In playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland  with its crystalline, bell-like voice, and in performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them in concert to create a richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance.

An Irish Bard Plucks at Heartstrings
“… whenever performer Patrick Ball pulls his stool up to the harp, streams of silvery tunes glisten and shimmer. It’s instant Irish nostalgia, even for a listener who has no particular connection to the country and its culture…Ball plays the pedalless Celtic harp with a deft, florid touch. The melodies are lovingly shaped and the intricate finger work gracefully phrased.”

San Francisco Chronicle, California
For more about Patrick Ball, visit his website at www.patrickball.com


Summer fell on a weekend this year, and it happened to be the weekend of the 24th Mission Folk Music Festival. The clouds dissipated on Friday and the festival gates opened. Music played all weekend under a beautiful blue sky. Artists sang, played, collaborated, danced, and audiences cheered. It was a great weekend. Sunday night everyone went home. On Monday the rains returned, but the memory of a truly magical weekend keeps shining.


Many thanks to all of you who participated in this year’s festival, whether as artist, audience, volunteer, supporter, donor, sponsor, service provider, vendor, contractor or other –  you all helped make it the wonderful festival that it was.


Join us for our 25th anniversary next year! Mark your calendars now and plan to be with us for this milestone year. The festival opens July 19 with the Gala Concert at the Clarke Foundation Theatre and then moves to the park July 20 to 22.


For a look back at previous year’s festival in pictures, check out these galleries by Festival photographers Lisa Luky and Ben Shaevitz. Rogue Folkie Steve Edge has posted his photos here.

Mission photos on site by Ben Shaevitz and Lisa Luky, copyright the photographers


St. Andrew’s United Church