A lot happened over this past weekend at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival (EFMF). In no particular order, here are some of my top moments of the festival:
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1. One of the Avett Brothers running out into the crowd to rock out with audience members up close.
2. David Francey’s honest and humble introductions to his songs like the perspective of teenage love in “Broken Glass.”
3. The Milk Carton Kids’ blunt inter-song banter.
E.g., Joey: “Kenneth’s daughter will be named Charlie… after the song…his child doesn’t have a due date yet… or a mother.”
4. Carolina Chocolate Drops’ ability to sing attitude-filled cover of Blu Cantrell’s “Hit Em Up Style” before leaving the stage early to jet-set to Regina.
5. Good for Grapes put out some serious energy on stage. Never before have I seen somebody rock out on accordion like Sean MacKeigan.
6. Tim Chaisson’s instrumental flexibility as he switched from guitar to fiddle in his sets.
7. The torrential thunderstorm that brought Loreena McKennitt’s set and EFMF to an epic end.
8. Shakey Graves tempo manipulation on stage.
9. In the process of getting the audience on their feet, Langhorne Slim jumped out into the crowd. He proceeded to shake off his sunglasses and hat in the heat of the jamming moment.
10. LP’s soaring “Tokyo Sunrise” vocals during the lantern parade on Gallagher Hill.
What were some of your top moments of EFMF?