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GUEST,John Leeder Folk Trains - help please (33) RE: Folk Trains - help please 15 Jun 01

There used to be a Folk Festival on Rails in Canada. David Watts, who lived in Edmonton, was interested in folk music and also railway history. He was part of The Colonist Car Society, which owned a couple of historic railway cars (including a sleeping car), and every summer used to attach them behind a freight train running from Edmonton to Fort McMurray and back, on the Northern Alberta Railway trackage. A live-in 24-hour folk festival was held for the three days, including a concert in Fort McMurray.

I was booked in 1981, and got my song "Painting Over the N.A.R." out of the experience. (It's on a CD I'm working on at present.)

Dave moved away from Edmonton a year or so later, and his successors weren't able to maintain the momentum (familiar story?) and the festival died out. It's an interesting footnote to this discussion, and may give somebody some ideas...

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