Finally it is Friday at the 2015 Edmonton Folk Fest which means the start of sessions.
After a busy three day weekend at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival, here are our top picks from the schedule:
Wish I Was There
Sable: I wish I could have checked out Fish & Bird concert on Sunday morning at the Folk Fest. I was impressed with the gentle strums on their instruments and the very West Coast influences in their songwriting.
Twila: I wish I could have been at the CountryFolk workshop featuring Roger Knox, Jon Langford & Jean Cook, The Honeycutters, Leonard Sumner and Suzie Vinnick. The Honeycutters won their way into my heart with a Stan Rogers reference and some good old fashioned twang on Sunday morning, and now I’m kicking myself for missing any of their appearances in Vancouver.
Sable: James Hill was my new Folk Fest find this time around. I actually heard him briefly in Winnipeg as a tweener but at this festival I was actually heard him play a solid sampling of songs. It was magic hearing some ukulele influenced by the sounds of Cole Porter and Irving Berlin in his piece, Lying in Wait. I’ll be excited to hear his new album release in Fall 2014.
Twila: Stephen Kellogg. A solid singer-songwriter with a voice which is both comforting but commanding, sadly I only caught a tiny sampling of him at the Playing With Fire workshop, but I will certainly be looking for more of his music in the future.
Sable: Jenny Ritter, James Hill, and Eliza Gilkyson had my drowsy ears entranced at 10 AM on Sunday morning. There were some killer electric guitar and fiddle solos interspersed throughout the workshop set. There was also a great crowd sing-along moment with Ritter’s We Must Sing near the end. It was the perfect festival wake-up call.
Twila: Straight Up. Both a way to order a drink, and the name of my favourite workshop session in Vancouver. Winnipeg’s Oh My Darling played host to our southern neighbours the Lost Bayou Ramblers and Langhorne Slim & the Law. It was pure Canadian folk fest magic. A little bit of jamming, and lots of listening and appreciation between the musicians on stage.
Beach visits, a bit of rain, some coffee and lots of great music. Here are some pictures from a perfect west coast day at the Vancouver Folk Fest.
Vancouver‘s 37th Annual Folk Festival begins Friday July 18th, with some main stage events and some events titled ‘Stage 3 @ Sundown’, Saturday evening expands this to include ‘Stage 5 @ Twilight’. Perusing the schedule, I think that the biggest problem I’m going to have this weekend is my lack of ability to be in two places at once. So, in order to avoid tears and regret later, I’m going to attempt to pick some workshops here and now.
Saturday Stage 2 ‘Sing Out! for Pete A Tribute to Pete Seeger’
Eliza Gilkyson, Joan Baez, Josh White Jr., Alejandro Escovedo and Karine Polwart. I’m pretty sure that this is going to be an amazing experience, this power-packed lineup could promise nothing less. Needless to say I will be there to hear these fantastic musicians pay tribute to the legendary songs of Pete Seeger. Someone save me a spot near the front?
Sunday Stage 5 ‘Ain’t it the Truth’
The Grievous Angels, The Honeycutters, Fish and Bird. I hope that this workshop satisfies my need for some alt-roots-folk-country tunes. I’ve never seen any of these bands live (I’ve seen individual members of Fish and Bird play, but never together…) but by listening to the individual tracks that they’ve recorded I can imagine some glorious jams occurring between these musicians. Fingers crossed that they don’t just take turns playing a piece of their own but dive into the workshop environment with their whole-hearts, and create some folk fest magic -I’m pretty sure that it’ll happen at this session.