Folkfest Days 2 & 3

The weather certainly has not been kind to this years Ottawa Folk Festival.  After enduring the opening day rain for most of the Blues Traveler set, I called it a night and came home.  On the second night there were only light sprinkles, but the chilly temperature and strong winds forced me to abandon the site after seeing a good set by Dear Rouge.  Last night there was no wind, so despite the chilly temperature, I was able to stay the entire evening and enjoy a wide range of excellent talent.

The night started off with the Soulful sounds of Lee Fields and the Expressions.  It’s hard to believe his first album was released well over 40 years ago!  A wonderful performance and a great start to the night.  Next up was COIG – an ensemble made up of five Celtic artists from Cape Breton.  They turned out to be a great act to warm up the kitchen party in the Beer tent.  From there, it was over to the Hill stage to see The PepTides for the second time this year.  Despite performing on a very tight stage, this managed to pull off a great theatrical musical performance once again. To close out the night I caught the end of a very energetic and highly entertaining set by Chrissy Crowley (who is also part of COIG). My only regret is I did not see the entire act, but was captivated by the extended PetTides set.  A great night out indeed!

Helpful hints for the festival:
1) dress warm (I had 4 layers of clothes on last night),
2) the best place to warm up is the Beer tent; especially when a band like Crissy Crowley is playing,
3) on days like today, where it is cold and wet, dress warm and bring rain gear (dollar store sells good ponchos for $2).
4) there are lots of excellent free shows at the Beer tent and Hill stage for those who can’t afford a pass.  Free acts this weekend include Wicked Mercy, Parsonsfield, The Mellotones, The Stubmbellas, Spencer Scharf, The Bros. Landreth, Matt Guitar Murphy and many more.

Happy Festival Everyone!

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