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August 23, 2010

Edmonton Folk Music Festival 2010- Day 2 (August 5th 2010)

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Written by: CT
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The second day of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival took place on Thursday, August 5th.  Since there were no Canadian artists on Day 1, I finally got some action as media.  The two Canadian acts that performed this day were Patrick Watson & the Wooden Arms and Gord Downie & the Country of Miracles.

Sadly we were too late to be up front of the stage for Patrick Watson and the Wooden Arms (where the media is allowed) to take some really good close-up pictures.  Luckily, I was still able to get a few pictures of the band and had a lot of fun listening to his unique sound.  It’s a little hard to describe Patrick Watson’s music, because some of his songs were really calm, slow and beautiful while others were very different: loud and alternative.  All- in-all, I was surprised when I heard variety of song styles they played… but surprised in a good way.

 

Gord Downie and the Country of Miracles were the next Canadian band onstage. Just to let you know, Gord Downie is from the band The Tragically Hip (my dad listens to them a lot…) It was a pretty awesome show. As a photographer, I was able to go right up to the stage for the first three songs. What a great place to see a concert. What was my impression of Gord Downie? Well, lets just say Gord Downie is a pretty odd character, who likes to engage the audience with wide ranging and poetic ramblings. He came out Shouting “Insomniacs of the World, GOODNIGHT!”  With that phrase he started out a very energetic and hip performance.

 

 

 

Luckily the festival ended early on day two (11 pm) so I was able to rest a bit more for the longer days ahead.






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