Vancouver rocked out at their 37th annual folk fest, until the lantern parade led us (quietly, noise by-laws and all) out of Jericho Park.
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.
Photography by Twila and Miss. Sable
After starting our morning with some Winnipeg sights and fueling up on caffeine at Parlour Coffee, it was time to venture out to the Winnipeg Folk Festival, located about a one hour drive from downtown Winnipeg. As we made our way north on Winnipeg’s Main Street, we joined the highway that eventually led us to Birds Hill Provincial Park Northwest from Winnipeg.
We celebrated our arrival with a high-5 and posed for a picture with our vehicle among rows of grass parking. It was a long commute from Edmonton but we had officially arrived at the Winnipeg Folk Festival!
“It’s the same, but different,” Twila remarked as we surveyed the Main Stage crowd.
Indeed, the festival energy that we know and love from the Edmonton Folk Music Festival was present but there was a secluded magic about having the Winnipeg Folk Festival nestled away in a flat clearing of Birds Hill Provincial Park. A temporary city is built in the park to accommodate the festival community. As Oh My Darling, The Avett Brothers, and City and Colour headlined the opening night of the festival, Twila and I began our assimilation process into the Winnipeg Folk Festival culture. There will be more to come in regards to this process in the next few days.
This post is part of a series detailing the experiences of Edmonton folkies, Sable and Twila, heading to Winnipeg Folk Festival for the first time. See other posts here. Cross-posted on The Choir Girl Blog.