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Delicious music

So I feel a bit like a kid on Christmas Eve. One more sleep until the 2014 Edmonton Folk Fest begins. This is incredibly exciting.

I updated my EFMF app while we were in Vancouver, and have been playing with the schedule and artist list ever since. There are more than a couple artists that I want to see, I may have gone a little favourite-ing happy. In the name of brevity I’ve just picked a single workshop that I will be at; a number of my app-favourited artists will be on that stage together, we call that efficiency folks. So without any further ado:

Stage 6 –‘Let’s Talk About in the Morning’ with 100 Mile House, Dave Gunning, Parker Millsap and Parsonsfield.

This workshop has an interesting list of ingredients:

1. I’ve heard Edmonton’s local 100 Mile House play before, and was hooked by their live performance. Since they can entertain a full house at the Artery on a sweltering summer night, Sunday morning at Folk Fest should be a breeze.

2. Next we have the American contributions of Parker Millsap and Parsonsfield. I’ve not heard either in live performance but the YouTube and Soundcloud’s are solid.

3. Add Nova Scotia’s Dave Gunning whose name is continually being tossed around with the likes of Stan RogersGordon Lightfoot and David Francey.

4. Mix together on Stage 6, and we’ve got Sunday’s musical brunch.

I sure hope that it is a recipe for brilliance!

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Top Picks from Mariposa Folk Festival 2014

Mariposa was a blast, but this morning we were back on the road. Headed north then west, on our way to Winnipeg. The seemingly endless trees, lakes and highway gave us lots of time to reminisce and evaluate our own Mariposa’s. The categories and results are in:

 

Wish I Was There

Sable: I had Folk Rock group, the Most Loyal on my schedule but was unable to make it to their sessions. I wanted to check out their combined use of vocals, piano, organ, bass, drums, strings, and electric guitar. Alas, I will have to placate myself with sound samples for now.

Twila: I wanted to see Craig Cardiff‘s concert. I’d heard excellent things about a house concert he  played in Edmonton earlier this year, but being in Wales hadn’t been there myself. I managed to catch a few tunes of his at the ‘Songwriting Basics’ workshop was left wanting more and wishing I had been able to hear the concert on Saturday.

New Discovery

Sable: Elephant Revival gave a rousing Maintage performance on Saturday night. There was a strong sense of ensemble between all the players and I enjoyed how different members came to the forefront to have vocals or instrumental solos throughout their set. It emphasized the strength of each individual player and there was no one particular Artist at the forefront. Their collective musical jams were powerful and trance-inducing.

Twila: Ennis. I Caught their performances as a by-product of them being grouped with some known-to-me quantities, so when I started waxing poetically about Ennis to some friends over the internet, I got a chorus of ‘HOW COULD YOU NOT KNOW ENNIS?’ and ‘YEAH THEY ARE AWESOME’. Both true statements. The blended quality of the sister’s voices and their enormous stage presence captivated myself and those around me too. Better still was their ability to tell us (the audience) stories that became part of our own stories.

Favorite Workshop

Sable: Saturday morning with Birds of Chicago, Aviva, and The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer was the perfect way to start a chill day. The groups were getting used to the collaborative workshop segment but the Birds of Chicago did a great job of building a musical foundation for improvization to occur. Numerous bending harmonia solos from the Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer and soaring melodic lines from Aviva complimented the musical genesis on stage.

Twila: Saturday afternoon at the Estelle Klein Stage ‘The Gordon Lightfoot Songbook’. Magoo, Tim ChaissonJD Edwards and Dala were joined by the man himself. The group on stage was a huge ball of nerves and excitement (for reasons only revealed when Gordon Lightfoot graced the stage after a few tunes had been sung). It was great hearing different interpretations of this iconic songwriter and then hearing Lightfoot sing too, well it was really the cherry on top. The playlist for today’s drive was updated to include many more Lightfoot songs…

 

Mariposa…sounds familiar.

So after hatching this crazy plan nearly a year ago, I find myself amid piles of clothing and camping supplies wondering what to expect from Mariposa, destination number one. The furthest distance to travel from Edmonton on this adventure, Mariposa has taken on a bit of a mystical quality for me, even though I can count the things I know about it on one hand (without using my thumb):

  1. Orillia, ON.
  2. Mariposa is the name of the town in Stephen Leacock‘s Sunshine Sketches of a Little TownReading material & bug spray.
  3. Gordon Lightfoot‘s hometown is Orillia (does that mean that Early Morning Rain is about Orillia? anybody?)
  4. Stringband never played Mariposa.

All and all, not a particularly illustrious base of knowledge, but hey, everyone has to start somewhere.

Digging further than my personal cache of information, I found out the Grande Dame of Canada’s Folk Fest’s line-up will be anchored by women of influence in both culture and music. But more than just the great music that will be infusing the air at Mariposa, what makes this festival so enticing for performers and audience members alike?

Mariposa’s image has a bit of an underlying edge of education. We all like to understand what’s going on in general, and in music it’s no different. The Hand’s On Experiences area promises interactive workshops of drum circles, singing, crafting, dance and more. In addition to the Hand’s On Experiences is the Ukulele-Building Workshops on Saturday and Sunday morning. Mariposa U, run in conjunction with the festival and Lakehead University but taking place in downtown Orillia before the gates open on Friday, offers interactive workshops with festival performers and other professional musicians. Attendees are warned that “All workshops are interactive, instructional and, most of all, participatory: come to work and learn, not to be entertained!”

Then there are archives to visit, yoga or tai chi in the morning. And of course the music. Mariposa is known to boast an eclectic array of talent, and this year is no different. Some favourites of mine from past folk fests are going to be at Mariposa so I will have to fit my visits to the Hand’s On Experiences area and Ukulele-Building Workshops around them, but a little careful planning and I should be able to get to everything.

Mariposa promises to be an unforgettable experience, and I hope that it will never lose that mystical quality that invades my anticipation for it…if you need me I’ll be building a ukulele.

Looking forward to hearing, among others, these three acts:

The JD Edwards Band

Dala

The Barr Brothers