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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

"Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival"

The 34th annual Folk Festival was held here on the weekend. The music was simply grand.

There was a bit of rain Saturday night but it didn't dampen the enthusiasm. I tried an orange filter on my flash for this shot. The lanterns on the trees made the ambiance festive.

Of course I got to see one of my favourite folk singers , David Francey. Performing here under the NL flag.

Old Man Luedecke. Excellent Banjo Player and singer. Not very old though.

This guy was just amazing on the harmonica. If you ever wanted to hear , "The Orange Blossom Special" on the harp this is the guy to play. His name is Mike Stevens and he will captivate you. He played along with Raymond Mclain who grew up in eastern Kentucky. A member of the Mclain Family Band he has toured 80 countries and appeared hundreds of times on The Grand 'Ole Opry Stage.

Of course there was a variety of instruments to hear some on the main stage and some in the smalller daytime shows at the smaller venues where you got to listen to your favorite artist jammin in a really relaxed format.

The Masterless Men were there and were bring down the house. The have a mixture of haunting ballads and rousing original and traditional songs and tunes that allows them to create their own unique sound.

There were record crowds this year and the weather was perfect and the food was great and of course I ate way too manu toutons. This if you are not aware is fried bread dough that is best eaten with dark molasses. Hmmmm.

Now all this has absolutely nothing to do with kayaking but it sure keeps the landlubbers happy. Hopefully this week now that I am not on Call I will be able to hit the water.


Tony said...

Right on Stan, missed ya on Sunday!

Tony :-)

Stan Mac Kenzie said...

Yeah Tony sounds like you guys had an excellent whale adventure. I wonder if that one whale was about to be a "mommy" whale? The feastival was awesome and glad I was on call otherwise might have missed it. Hopefully this weekend now for a paddle although I have household painting shutters, fixing the clotheline yadda, yadda, yadda....yikes!!lol


Silbs said...

Some really wonderful pics there, especially the lighthouse atop the page and the portrait of the harmonica player. Love your stuff.

Stan Mac Kenzie said...

Thanks Silbs. Starting to get familiar with my camera.