Ed Goertzen to open Winter Folk Fest
Ed Goertzen will play the Winter Folk Fest on Feb. 8. (Submitted Photo)
Opening up this year’s Winter Folk Festival at Trinity United Church in Feburary will be local singer/songwriter Ed Goertzen.
Goertzen’s musical voyage began in Gladstone where he grew up listening to country music and later taking music lessons in Portage la Prairie from Murray Palver. After graduating from Capilano University in Vancouver where he studied jazz, Goertzen moved to Winnipeg to continue his musical studies while also persuing a degree in education. He currently teaches music in Portage when he’s not working on his songwriting.
Goertzen describes himself as a singer/songwriter with jazz and country influences.
“It’s kind of rootsy singer/songwritery. I kind of chose that I guess because it’s a little more down to earth for me. I really like writing lyrics in songs, so that was a big draw to the singer/songwriting thing and it kind of developed my voice over the years,” he said.
The inspiration for Goertzen’s songwriting comes from his life experiences. He said he draws a lot from environmental issues and from raising his two daughters. Goertzen noted he’s drawn to the lyrics and chord structure of his guitar pieces. His five-song album, “Ed Goertzen” came out in 2010, which the singer/songwriter said was “long overdue.”
“I kind of felt I was in a spot where my writing was in a really good place. I felt like I had some solid tunes that I had to get it out there,” he said.
Since that time, he has been slowly building a catalogue of songs for a new album.
“I’ve got lots of new stuff that nobody has ever heard, so I’m trying to get some of it recorded now and have some new recordings for when Folk Fest is on,” he said.
Although he prefers playing solo on stage, Goertzen said he does like collaborating with other artists and that the Winter Folk Fest is an opportunity to do just that.
“I’m looking forward to it because I get to play a handful of tunes with Emma Cloney with her kitchen jam, so it’ll be good,” he said.
Goertzen said audiences can expect to hear a laid-back acoustic mix of songs he’s been working on during the past year.
The Winter Folk Fest is on Feb. 8 from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. with performances by six artists. Tickets prices run from $15 to $60 and can be purchased at Hill’s Drug Store, Olina’s, the church office, and www.brownpapertickets.com/event/957243.