Sunday, August 17, 2008

Saturday Night and Sunday Morning

If the Strangelings are reviving the folk rock sounds of the 1960s and early 1970s, then the Espers look and sound like they never left.
Last night on the main stage, they sat almost motionless and played long, moody songs with ethereal voices, fuzzy, legato tones from the electric guitar and a sax played through two different echo boxes.
Saturday night is the last chance for many to try their singing and picking in the camp grounds; some were still at it when the moon was setting this morning.
Hoots & Hellmouth, who recently played the Arden Music Festival, don't play folk rock so much as folk stomp. They drag homemade wooden platforms to their gigs for them to jump up and down on as percussion instruments. They first played the Philly Folk Fest two years ago. I caught them earlier today on the camp stage; tonight they're on the main stage, where they should provide quite a show.

3 Comments:

Anonymous kavips said...

I was going to bust on you in a separate post of mine, but one does not see any mention of Steve Earle's Saturday concert, probably one of the most amazing folk acts to play that weekend.....

While chuckling, I was going to say despite the pictures, despite the references, despite all the evidence otherwise.... not saying anything about Steve Earle's performance on Saturday, made it hard to believe you were even there....

(chuckle)

1:17 AM, August 19, 2008  
Blogger TommyWonk said...

I was there, right up front. It was a compelling show.

There was plenty of music I didn't write about. I think I tended towards covering less well-known performers, in part because I enjoy discovering music I haven't heard before. (I have written about Hoots & Hellmouth before, but they're just so much fun.)

I could have kept writing about Fest, but politics is heating up and it's time to get back to my regular beat.

8:30 AM, August 19, 2008  
Blogger Jed said...

Wish I could have been there for the whole fest. Only made it Sunday Night (Politics is 7 days a week this month).

Hoots and Hellmouth were great, Kimya Dawson was as funny as ever, and Great Big Sea (who my parents came for) was as fun as ever.

I like the change-up and reading about this, Tom.

3:23 PM, August 19, 2008  

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