Friday 6 January 2012

folk music ♥

The joy of festivals is experiencing musicians you love playing music live and discovering artists you’ve never heard off.

My Woodford Folk Festival highlights were Buffy Sainte-Marie, Gotye, Skipping Girl Vinegar and Katie Nunnan.

Buffy Sainte-Marie, Woodford Folk Festival 2011/12

Buffy Sainte-Marie plays Woodford Folk Festival

Buffy Sainte-Marie :: legendary!

Academy Award winner and folk legend Buffy Sainte-Marie’s audacious attitude to life on and off the stage has inspired people around the world for over four decades. Buffy was accompanied by a rocking 3-piece all-Aboriginal band from Indian Reserves in Manitoba, Canada. WFF

Inspirationally performing at 70, Buffy passionately uses her powerful voice to perform an astonishing fusion of hard rock, protest folk, country and pop songs. This Canadian Cree performer is an extraordinary concert artist, singer-songwriter, composer, pacifist, and social activist. Her singing and writing repertoire includes subjects of love, war, religion, and mysticism.

Her haunting music, joyful spirit, and thought-provoking song writing has produced a rich catalogue of music including the Academy Award winning“Up Where We Belong” as well as her searing, political era-defining anthem “Universal Soldier” – a song that remains arguably the finest anti-war song ever. More of her most popular songs include “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee” and the much-loved classic “Until It’s Time for You to Go”.  To read more, go here.

Gotye :: amazing songwriting + percussion + sound! 

Gotye took to the stage to enchant the thousands of punters gathered at the Amphitheatre at Woodford Folk Festival last night.  From the moment Wally De Backer took to the stage, the crowd hung on to his every word. Opening track Eyes Wide Open instantly had the crowd dancing and as they erupted into cheers of admiration as he greeted those gathered with “you’re looking very big.”

Like a little kid at Christmas, his smile was infectious and it was evident throughout his entire set that there was nowhere else he would rather be. The crowd was in rapture by De Backer’s energised drum solo at the end of The Only Way. As De Backer worked through tracks from his latest album, Making Mirrors, each track was accompanied by quirky animations projected on a the three screens, behind and on each side of the stage. A half-man, half-bear clip accompanied Smoke and Mirrors, while an organ taking over a family complemented State of the Art, which he explained was about “recreational music culture.”

He dipped into the back catalogue with Thanks for Your Time, before playing the ’60s song Seville which De Backer sampled for his acclaimed Somebody That I Used to Know. As the intro into Somebody That I Used to Know began he appealed to the audience, “You’re going to have to help us out because she (Kimbra) can’t be here tonight.”

After a collective sigh of disappointment, it was a magical moment as thousands of voices sang in unison Kimbra’s part of the hottest song of the year.

Gladstone Observer

 Katie Noonan and the Captains :: Elixir back at last! {I’m a George fan!}

With Katie Noonan’s trio of 14 years Elixir about to release their long awaited second album First Seed Ripening, and in the wake of their recent national tour supporting the American jazz legend Ron Carter, the group performed fantastically at Woodford. via here

Skipping Girl Vinegar :: I really enjoyed this Melbourne independent alt-acoustic pop four-piece band. Taking their name from the iconic Melbourne neon sign of Audrey the ‘Skipping Girl’ in Richmond, the band features Chris Helm, Mark Lang, Amanthi Lynch and Sare Lang.

Skipping Girl Vinegar debut single ‘One Chance’

{Images: 1 & 2 Buffy by max_wedge; 3&4 Woodford Folk Festival 5&6 google images}

 

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