Opening night at Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival

  • <p>MICHAEL LEE PHOTO</p><p>Newfoundland singer-songwriter Amelia Curran gives a solo performance at the festival.</p>
  • <p>MICHAEL LEE PHOTO</p><p>East Coast Music Award winner David Myles brought his signature sound and style to the stage.</p>
  • <p>MICHAEL LEE PHOTO</p><p>Heather Rankin played songs from her debut solo record, as well as Rankin Family favourites.</p>
  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>Cassie MacDonald, one half of sister duo Cassie and Maggie, plays the fiddle.</p>
  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>From left, Maggie MacDonald and her sister Cassie.</p>
  • <p>BRITTANY WENTZELL PHOTO</p><p>From left, Paul Aarntzen, Rosanna Burrill and Clayton Burrill of the Halifax-based band Hillsburn.</p>

As tall ships filled the wharves along the Lunenburg waterfront, up the street in a large white tent, the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival kicked off its first show on August 10 with a cast of familiar faces and rising up-and-comers.

Newfoundland singer-songwriter Amelia Curran offered a spread of new songs and old classics, while fan favourite Hillsburn returned for a second year, having just finished a cross-Canada tour, with a sophomore album in the works.

Festival headliner Heather Rankin capped off the evening with songs off her first solo album and Juno-nominated record A Fine Line, as well as a couple of picks from her Rankin Family days.

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