Sunday, August 05, 2007

eyes forward and ears at the ready (memories of the 2007 Calgary Folk Festival)

For all those who read through the verbose Calgary Folk Music Festival posts of the last few days, and even those who were put off by all those words (I don't blame you), here is a small token of my appreciation for your dedication. Instead of walloping you over the head with a gazillion words, I'm going to show you a few pictures of our festivalling and invite you to listen to some of the music we brought home. Please enjoy - you've earned it.

Lubo Alexandrov - Kaba Horo (2006)
Gankino Horo
- A.J.
the Cape May - Central City May Rise Again (2004)
the Cape May - Glass Mountain Roads (2006)
- Spring Fight to the Land of Fire
- Little and Hook
Chumbawamba - A Singsong and a Scrap (2006)
the Hummers - Modern Entrance (2005)
John Rae Fletcher- Road (2003)
- the Road
John-Rae and the River - Old Songs for the New Town (2004)
- Prayer to God
- Come Back to Me
John-Rae and the River - Knows What You Need (2006)
Just One More
Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hot (1997)
Watermelon Slim and the Workers - The Wheel Man ( 2007)
Hawksley Workman - S/T EP (2003)
Hawksley Workman - My Little Toothless Beauties EP (2006)
Hawksley Workman - Puppy (the Boy's Truly Rough) EP - 2006

- we were allowed, even encouraged to alter our festival shirts to make them more comfortable, to make them our own. It quickly became evident, as I turned mine into a tank, that I can neither sew nor handle a pair of scissors:
- Lubo Alexandrov and Kaba Horo (Thursday night, first show of the festival):

- Rufus Wainwright, Thursday night
(god I wish we had a picture of his Fedex shorts and white kneehighs):

John Rae and the River (Friday night at the alternate stage)
- our first glimpse of Anne's awesome wardrobe:

- Final Fantasy (Friday night at the alternate stage):

yours truly:

- Hawksley Workman (Friday mainstage):

- Neko Case (Friday mainstage):

- hotel room view, Friday night:

- Geoff Berner, Saturday morning workshop:

- the Resident Offspring
(how cute is that face?):
- Final Fantasy and John-Rae and the River, Saturday workshop
(Anne wows us with her wardrobe change):

- crowd scene, workshop

- Betty LaVette, Sunday workshop.

Does anybody really believe that woman is 61? Damn, she's fine:

Chumbawamba, Sunday mainstage:

- till next year -


Allison said...

Will Blogger publish this comment? Come on eight keeps kicking me off, I wrote a comment earlier.

Anyway, excellent pictures and I love that you were encouraged to make the t-shirts your own. I am also uber jealous of Eva's and your curly hair.

I am going to come back later and download some of these tracks. Woot!

Hope your weekend is going well :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

That could have been me, Al. I was switching layouts because I can't leave well enouugh alone, and kept republishing.

Curly hair is easy, I'll give you that, but sometimes it would be nice to have silky smooth straight hair, I think.

With the t-shirts, as long as we didn't alter the artwork or the colour, we could do whatever, and some people were really creative. Not me, I'm just glad I had some shirt left at the end of it all.

Hope you enjoy some of the tracks!

Danny Tagalog said...

Yeah great pictures and ta for the tunes. Fitting that Chumba played on the day of 'the lord'! Your posts make me determined to finish this particular stretch of study I'm under and go see lots of bands. Wanted to get ton t6he Fuji Rock Festival this year but sadly cannot:(

Danny Tagalog said...

Sorry about my typos - using a very small keyboard!

Deb said...

Thanks for taking us with you...very nice pics.

That is such a cute pic of Eva...what a smile!

I think you did a fine job on the tee and I'd probably do something similar.

mellowlee said...

Wow, I can't wait to get home and download these! Great pics! Happy long weekend :O)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'll have to google the Fuji Rock Festival, Danny. It sounds intriguing, what a shame that you won't be able to make it.
Chumbawamba is very traditional sounding now, but of course with fittingly subversive lyrics. They took a lot of people in North America by surprise, because of course we only knew Tubthumping.
And I must say you did exceedingly well for using a small keyboard, I'm using a huge one and my typing looks like this: kjsadoiqwjncsjn

Thanks Deb, I kept telling myself that the crooked neckline and one armhole larger than the other was very haute couture.

I hope you enjoy them, Mel. With your diverse musical tastes, I think you'll find a few things you like. Happy long weekend to you too (as soon as you get home from work, that is).

Beth said...

I for one have been glad that you have "bored" us with Calgary Folk Festival coverage; I've enjoyed every word. And now I get to enjoy the MP3s I just downloaded! Great photos (I'll see if I can get a shot of Rufus in his Fedex shorts and socks next Monday).

Eva's a doll, isn't she? Both of you are!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Aww thanks, Beth! And I hope you enjoy your little taste of the folk fest.
I found a better picture of Rufus on the folk fest website, and he's actually wearing lederhosen! It is too awesome and I will post it for you later. I sure hope he wears the same thing at your concert.

justacoolcat said...

Way to cover 16,000+ words in the space of a normal post!

Joe said...

Thanks for the pics and sounds!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Just A, imagine all the pictures I could show if: a) I could take a photograph to save my life, and b) I didn't love talking so much. I guess it was not meant to be.

You're welcome. Bubs! My pics and sounds are your pics and sounds. Love the new shy avatar btw.

Jas B said...

I love that picture of yours, Barb.
And I was browsing thru your blog the other day and Imust say that you have put on your blog a comprehensive coverage of the Calgary Folk Festival! :)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Thanks Jas! You really should attend next year, even if for only one day. It's more than worth it.

BeckEye said...

Now there's an accordian-playing cow! You're hitting all the right notes with these posts. Nyuk nyuk. Moo.

Dale said...

You can't go wrong (with me anyway) for giving the gift of music Barbara. I'm glad you gave us your tales and the great photos of the event. Thanks!

Dale said...

I'm only halfway through it and Come Back to Me by John-Rae and the River is my new favourite song. Loving it.

JustRun said...

Wow, I am saving this post for when I have some time to come over and find some good muzak. :)

Looks like you'll be back again next year- what a great time!

Dale said...

Okay, now I'm just annoying. Some really great tunes Barbara, and while I'm at it, thanks for an ongoingly excellent blog. I'll try not to comment again. Today.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I put that picture up just for you, Beckeye! I knew you wouldn't rest until you met the accordion-playing cow. My work here is done.

Isn't that a great song, Dale? Those guys are just so awesome, and I love how they bring the soul to their music. I'll bet you could easily see them live, too, as they live in your town.

Take your time, Justrun, we're here all week. Oh wait, that's my comedy act, no the music is here for keeps.

Aww Dale, you're making me all verklempft now. It's trying to keep up to your excellency that makes me strive to keep a quality blog. You make me feel like a natural woman and all that.

Dale said...

Haha, I know I said I wouldn't but you made me snort and I won't do that for just anyone! I just missed seeing John Rae and the gang here but I'm sure they'll come around again.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I made you snort, Dale? I feel all omnipotent now!

Just set a bottle of whiskey on the table and sooner or later John-Rae and the River will show up.