The Swedish folk-pop duo First Aid Kit makes their Mariposa Folk Festival debut this summer.
The sister-fronted indie band has become known for sparkling live shows, angelic harmonies, intertwining vocals and peppy humour. They’ve been hitting their stride, garnering attention globally ever since their YouTube video cover of the Fleet Foxes’ Tiger Mountain Peasant Son. It became a huge Internet hit in 2008 for Klara Söderberg (vocals/guitar) and sister Johanna (vocals/bass guitar).
The teenagers then started work on a full-length album, balancing schoolwork with recording sessions. The Big Black & the Blue was released in 2010. This was followed by three more acclaimed albums: The Lion’s Roar in 2012 (whose lead single, Emmylou, was listed by Rolling Stone as the 10th best single of the year); Stay Gold in 2014, which went on to win Album of the Year at Sweden’s Grammys; and their latest, Ruins, which was released in January of 2018 and went gold in Sweden in August.
In recent years their material has gained a harder edge such as their song for International Women’s Day 2017, You Are the Problem Here. First Aid Kit plays the Friday Mariposa Main Stage, July 5.
The Mariposa Folk Festival runs July 5-7, 2019, in Tudhope Park in Orillia, Ont., on the shores of scenic Lake Couchiching. It features the best folk-roots music on the North American scene as well as story, dance, and craft on more than ten stages. All ticket categories are on sale. Visit https://mariposa.frontgatetickets.com for details.