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N.Beltov
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posted 07 July 2006 07:12 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's going to be a scorcher. Hats and sunblock! There is a possibility of precipitation this evening but that's it. Apparently, the ground is very dry so even if it does rain it will be absorbed.

Yours truly is one of the 2,000 volunteers.

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The presence of World music at this year’s “fest” is alive and well, and includes such exotic acts as Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and Salil Bhatt from India, Los De Abajo from Mexico and The Refugee All Stars from Sierra Leone. Make sure to check out the Danish acts Zar, Karen & Helene and Haugaard & Hoirup--some of the most exciting musicians on the European folk music circuit.

This year will also have an Austin City Limits feel, with bands like The Ridgetop Syncopators, Ruthie Foster, the South Austin Jug Band, The High Flyers and legendary roots-rock Renaissance man Alejandro Escovedo. We are also pleased to announce the addition of Steve Earle to the festival lineup.

In addition to these great artists, we also have the Grammy award–winning King of Rock and Soul, Solomon Burke; Folk / Rock chanteuse Neko Case; British folk legend Richard Thompson; and the one and only Rickie Lee Jones.

And, as usual, some old friends will be performing, like folk legends Jesse Winchester, Mike Seeger, Ferron, Tony Trischka and Bruce Cockburn.



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N.Beltov
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posted 10 July 2006 08:10 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It was an outstanding festival with record-breaking attendance. Current numbers are around 45,000 for the entire weekend, with ~ 5,300 campers. It's good to recharge the progressive spiritual "batteries".

My best moment: Bruce Cockburn and Richard Thompson playing spontaneous backing guitars !!! for Ruthie Foster followed by an acoustic version (by Cockburn) of Lovers in a Dangerous Time. Foster was awed herself and changed the lyrics of her song to note that she was "between two masters of the guitar", etc., but Ruthie Foster was outstanding and inspiring herself. A very special moment and a teary eye for yours truly.


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Michelle
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posted 10 July 2006 08:36 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
That sounds really neat, N.Beltov. Sounds like you had a great time.
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N.Beltov
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posted 10 July 2006 09:13 AM      Profile for N.Beltov   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Winnipeg Folk Festival is the yardstick by which other Canadian folk music festivals often measure their success. The weather was too hot initially and then cooled somewhat on Sunday. I look somewhat tomato-like as a result.

There were a few negatives but on the whole it was a great success. One foolish swimmer and festival volunteer, against advice from staff and the obvious signage, dove into shallow water and suffered severe spinal injury.

Speaking of volunteers, there were around 2,200 of them with around 400 performers. It was the 33rd annual event, held every year at Bird's Hill Park north of the city, with some of the volunteers awarded with commemorative gifts noting their service of three decades. There is a democratic comaraderie between volunteers and performers, perhaps unique to the Winnipeg Folk Festival, where everyone is equal and performers are often able to mingle, unharrassed, with the crowd. It is the (musical) culture of the future where greatness is within reach of everyone.


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