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Swamp Ward Orchestra live at the Winnipeg Folk Fest Campground

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Uploaded on Jul 17, 2011

Swamp Ward Orchestra (sans accordion) perform live Saturday Night at the 2011 Winnipeg Folk Festival Campground in the Castleboys Library ( With the artists Permission)

A delightful small concert of a few select traditional and original songs was facilitated by the schlepper crew and hosted by the Castleboys ... it was so nice to hear a hurdy gurdy and chello instead of jambe drums alone in the campground. Proof that music and people can be celebrated together and that there is a return to accoustic music - not just a bang on the drums all night deal..

The Swamp Ward Orchestra was formed in 2004. "Orchestra" might seem like a grandiose name for three people, but they sound like more than they are! They combine various European sounds from medieval to musette, and they also write their own tunes in tribute to these traditions. The sound can get pretty raucous what with the hurdy gurdy and "smashbox" accordion (TM), but they are partial to smoky tangos and sobbing klezmer as well, and you can expect a few traditional Quebec songs about cannibalism, talking birds, and the dating scene.

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