The Fogo Island Folk Alliance was formed in 1982 with the intention of fostering an interest in Newfoundland music, song & dance specifically as it related to Fogo Island. A small group of local artist would gather weekly in a hall where they would entertain each other for a couple of hours. As interest grew, more locals joined the gatherings and they traveled around Fogo Island performing and gathering new members, until in 1984 the Fogo Island Folk Alliance sponsored the first annual Brimstone Head Folk Festival. Thirty successful years later, the Alliance’s main focus is still exposing local artists and encouraging the youth to become involved in traditional music.
As well as the local performers our annual festival features established folk artists from Newfoundland and outside the province. These artists provide a caliber of entertainment that many local people would not otherwise have the opportunity to enjoy.
The Brimstone Head Folk Festival is a weekend event beginning on Friday and ending late Sunday night this takes place every second full weekend in August. This event takes place in Brimstone Head Park Fogo. This picturesque setting is a natural amphitheatre with the blue Atlantic as its backdrop. The permanent outdoor stage is nestled under the shelter of Brimstone Head, considered by the Flat Earth Society to be one of the four corners of the earth, the other three being the Greek Island of Hydra, the Bermuda Triangle and Papua, New Guinea. Visitors are struck by the lovely setting and return each year to enjoy the great entertainment. So… “just pack your pipe & whistle and a blanket for a bed and come & live a moment at the foot of Brimstone Head!”
Fogo Island Folk Alliance Committee:
Chairperson – Bridget Leyte
Treasurer – Tracy Torraville
Committee Member – Jason Hoven