The volunteer coordinator asked that we do some homework familiarizing ourselves with the musicians attending this year, which I am very happy to do. It's like telling me for homework I have to eat a piece of chocolate fudge cake or something.
As a run-up to announcing of all the musicians, the folk festival has a tradition of leaking one name per week for a couple of months, sort of as a teaser to whet your appetite. And the past two years, the folk festival has featured absolutely mindboggling musicians, so every Monday I have been checking the website, all a-twitter. And have not really seen any names that have gobsmacked me.
I was actually starting to get a tiny bit concerned that I would be able to work up enough enthusiasm for the featured artists to actually do my required homework, even though I know full-well that many of the best memories come from making new musical discoveries.
That all changed today when the full line-up was released. OMG - did they ever come through! Some of the people I am excited about seeing are:
the Cape May
the Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir
City and Colour
Chumbawamba (remember them?)
- and lots more!
Now if you'll please excuse me, I've got some homework to do.