Thursday, 27 August 2009

Ottawa Folkfest Concert Review at Exclaim!

Really had a good time at the three-day annual Folkfest in Ottawa. Joel Plaskett was the set I was most looking forward to, but I was really blown away by all of the shows I saw. Particular highlights:  Here’s a snippet of my review, click on it for the whole thing:

Picturesque Britannia Park was flooded with folkies of all ages for the 15th annual Ottawa Folk Festival, which offered stellar performances and workshops by some of Canada's finest roots and folk performers. The Sadies started Friday with a bang, as the brothers Good and the band blazed through a lively set of their signature blend of country, folk rock, surf and psychedelia. The Toronto quartet got the crowd stomping through blistering performances of originals, as well as covers of Merle Haggard and Pink Floyd. Amy Millan of Stars and Broken Social Scene took the stage later that day. Backed by stand-up bass and a pair of trombones, the songstress sang lovely, delicate ballads in her honey-soaked wisp of a voice. Former Barenaked Lady Steven Page closed out the first night with an acoustic set of BNL classics and newer solo material. Self-effacingly cracking wise about his exit from BNL, Page led the crowd through energetic sing-alongs of "Brian Wilson" and "The Old Apartment," and given the crowd's rapturous response, Page may just have a future as a solo artist.

My favourite set would probably be one-man band That 1 Guy, whose set was weird and wonderful in so many ways. Strangely danceable too. Here’s him doing "Butt Machine”, playing his self-invented instrument, the Magic Pipe.

 

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