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As a newly-minted coordinator in the Music and Merch tent, I knew that Sunday was going to be the day that for me involved more selling of than partaking in music. Naturally, it was also the day of my Lightning Dust interview. If you are going to be busy, you might as well be really busy.
The rain clouds cleared overnight, leaving behind soupy puddles and slick mud paths to remind us that you can throw a festival, but Nature is still in charge. The south end of the record tent resembled a swamp, causing us to barricade the entrance and retrofit the exit until the primordial ooze subsided. The guys spreading wood chips around the site became the most popular crew on the island.
Friday's cold driving rain which pelted those die-hard folk festers, who turned out in impressive numbers, called for wardrobe considerations beyond gauzy skirts, man-pris and flip-flops. The Resident Offspring pulled together a Derelicte hippie-chic ensemble that proved to be ingenious for the day's decidedly unsummery foray to Prince's Island Park.
cold . rain . wind . mud . hypothermia . sun . residual mud . heat . more sun . less mud . Yemen Blues . Matt Anderson . David Wax Museum . Patrick Watson . the Felice Brothers . The Head and the Heart . Lightning Dust . Imaginary Cities . Balkan Beat Box .
Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band are one damn fine way to start a festival. Big, loud, rollicking, stompy country blues delivered up with an extra helping of sass. No wonder there was a lineup all the way to the first aid tent when they did an autograph session after the show.
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The new issue of BC Musician Magazine is now online and being distributed to better music stores and cooler coffee shops around BC and Alberta. With this issue's theme being the musician as artist, some pretty intriguing content lies beyond the woodcut image gracing the cover.
My sister tells me that last weekend's Winnipeg Folk Festival was the best one ever. She readily admits, though, that she says that every year.
Is there a better way to spend a dark, rainy morning than tweaking your folk festival strategy? With the blessed event a mere week away, and with very decent shifts offered to me in my new role as a Music and Merchandise Tent co-ordinator, the time seemed perfect for planning my sonic attack.
Thursday July 21
|5:30pm||Mainstage||Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band|
|8:50pm||Mainstage||City and Colour|
Friday July 22
|3:00pm||Stage 5||Wilson, Swarbrick and Gaughan|
|8:00pm||Mainstage||Bonnie "Prince" Billy|
Saturday July 23
|10:30am||Stage 5||Your Indie Heart|
David Wax Museum, Imaginary Cities,Lightning Dust
|1:00pm||Stage 1||Country Club|
JImmie Dale Gilmour (The Flatlanders) T. Buckley , The Felice Brothers, Martha Scanlan
|2:05pm||Stage 6||Vex Us|
Chic Gamine, Coeur de Pirate, David Wax Museum, The Head and the Heart
|3:20pm||Stage 5||Beat Down|
Cadence Weapon, Socalled,SociaLybrium, Yohimbe Brothers feat. Bernie Worrell
|4:20pm||Stage 4||Free Agents|
Dick Gaughan Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Dark Dark Dark, Lightning Dust
|6:00pm||Stage 4||Lightning Dust|
|7:20pm||Stage 4||The Head and the Heart|
|8:10pm||Mainstage||The Felice Brothers|
|8:45pm||Stage 4||Yo La Tengo|
|10:20pm||Mainstage||k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang|
Sunday July 24
|12:50pm||Stage 5||Darn Tootin'|
Jason Wilson Blind Pilot, Dark Dark Dark,MINOTAURS
|2:15pm||Stage 5||Dark Dark Dark|
|3:15pm||Stage 4||Geoff Berner|
|4:15pm||Stage 2||No Yo-Mas|
Cris Derksen (Lightning Dust) Portland Cello Project, Raleigh, The Swamp Ward Orchestra
|5:30pm||Mainstage||Coeur de Pirate|