Friday, May 18, 2012

National folk festival

I'd been wanting to go to the National Folk Festival, which happens every Easter, practically on my doorstep for what seems like forever. But there have always been other lovely things to occupy me at Easter, and last year was the first time I actually made it, just for Saturday evening. I loved it so much that I was determined to go back this year. This Easter (yes it's a good while ago now!) I managed an evening and a couple of days, mostly wandering around by myself, and knitting while listening to lots of great bands. And aside from an unfortunate episode of food poisoning (new rule, nothing with mayo/aoli at outdoor events) it was great.  047_p This is the Perch Creek Family Jugband. I had actually briefly seen these guys before, busking at the Old Bus Depot Markets last year (and a dear friend bought me their CD). The stringy stuff behind them is some kind of group/participatory installation. The festival organisers were calling for donations of wool before the festival and I think this is what it was for. Not sure I love it but I'm sure they had fun!  042_edit 055_edit 099_edit And this is the Hardrive Bluegrass Band, who were very good. Maybe it's weird to hear Australians singing in American accents, but it works. (If you like that sort of thing, which I do.) 086_edit

1 comment:

Donna Lee said...

Can't they sing bluegrass with Australian accents? I think that would add an interesting twist to the whole thing.

I wonder if all the string was someone's idea of yarn bombing (which seems to have grown in popularity lately)