Although I've been sitting on my thumbs since 7:30 this morning, the rest of the Zombie household is just starting to roll out of bed. I must start cracking the whip as we've got a full day to take in today.
Now comes my favourite part of the folk festival - the workshops. There are six small stages scattered throughout the island all hosting workshops today and tomorrow. They are all in lovely settings - treed, some with natural amphitheatres, all intimate and cosy. Last year I spent the entire Sunday morning an arm's reach from my heroes, the Weakerthans. And as you know, Elliott Brood have been singled out as my follow-around group this weekend.
Last night's main stage show was pleasant, but not spectacular. Bedouin Soundclash, from whom I expected perhaps too much, were simply so-so, although Jeff Healey's Jazz Wizards did surprise and delight me. I'm not a huge jazz fan, but they did rock the place, particularly the woman whose name I didn't catch, who brought the house down with her larger-than-the-great-outdoors voice and her amazing presence.
And you know what I thought of Elliott Brood (but they were on the secondary stage).
Eva was gobsmacked by Ari Up Vs Dubblestandart - a dub act which followed Elliott Brood on the Twilight stage. I missed them, as I wanted to take Jerry his present which I bought him - his very own festival chair. God bless Camper's Village. But I plan to catch them in some workshops. How often do you get to see the former lead vocalist of the Slits plus an Austrian (yes, you read that correctly) dub band?
Today, I am also planning to take in workshops featuring Feist, Melissa
<--- Melissa McClelland
<--- Lorrie Matheson. He also works at Hox Wax, a used record store we sometimes frequent. Eva has pinned the name Mumbly Joe on him, because he never really speaks. He sings though!
Tonight's mainstage lineup:
- The Roches
- Kathleen Edwards
- Dave Alvin
- Little Axe
- Son Volt
- Kris Kristopherson
Best non-musical moment: Finding a festival chair for Jerry. I am a hero.