Highlights of the Ottawa Folk Festival

UPDATE: Take a look at Laurie's post with pictures. Here are some highlights from the 2009 Ottawa Folk Festival. I'm sure I'm missing some great things I saw and I know I missed some great performances at the festival. This list is likely to grow over the next few days. 

  • Bruce Cockburn put on a great, if mellow, show. He returned for an encore and played Toyko one of my all time favourites of his.
  • Charlotte Conrfield to Arrogant Worms on a workshop stage "You were the first band I ever illegally downloaded"
  • Vishtèn and Mr. Something Something jamming. All great horn sections deserve an additional fiddle or two.
  • Tall Trees, a (very) young local duo, winners of the Galaxie Rising Stars award, wowed the crowd and other performers at  the Moon stage and at workshops. I was very impressed with the songwriting and performances.
  • When you are folk festivaling with a younger kid its not all abaout the music. The Kids Zone was fun as usual, but it was great to see my six year old engaged with other parts of the festival including the Zen garden, building a cob house (playing with mud) and making an oragami flower.
  • This year's edition of the Common Ground Cross-Cultural Collaboration was really fun. I probably heard them do the same set of songs three times. Each time was different. When the artists are having fun it is infectious. Our final daytime show ended with the whole group getting off the stage and leading the audience dancing around the room. One of those special festival moments.
  • James Hill and Anne Davison are always fantastic. Their evening performance included a a chopstick/ukelele combo by James Hill accompanied by a modern dance/harmonica performance by Anne Davison. Not something you see every day.