Program Outline

Founded and directed by Daniel Lapp, Folkestra is an adult ensemble that focuses on playing fun, lively folk music together as a group in a learning, workshop style environment. All instruments are welcome and only a very modest playing level is expected (no audition required). Daniel creates the arrangements with members’ levels in mind, drawing from the vast world of folk music including Texas Two Steps, Cajun Waltzes, Appalachian Songs, Scandinavian Mazurkas, Alberta Fox Trots, Romanian Czardas’, and more.

“I created Folkestra as an opportunity for people to have a fun night out playing music with others looking for the same experience. It’s a way for people to make the transition from listening to playing music in a nurturing, non-competitive environment. We are a band, a community and our own weekly kitchen party!”

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Daniel Lapp

Daniel Lapp

Daniel Lapp is a world-renowned singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, teacher, archivist, band leader, sideman, producer, promoter and – no kidding – the list goes on. And like the true-blue Canadian he is, Daniel does it all with trademark energy and warmth. As a fiddler, jazz trumpeter and singer/songwriter, Daniel Lapp has played on over 100 albums and performed across Canada, United States, Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Finland and Germany with some of the world’s most renowned Folk and Jazz musicians. Daniel is the winner of the B.C. Fiddle Championship and has appeared as a soloist with the CBC Chamber Orchestra as well as (…)