Preparing for the Edmonton Folk Music Festival is a daunting task. Besides ensuring that my chair is with within the allowed dimensions, packing sufficient rain gear for the nightly summer storms Edmonton seems to be experiencing lately, and tethering all of the previously mentioned items onto my folding bicycle, the additional task of contemplating the array of musical offerings is daunting. However, after a comprehensive read-through of the program, I came to the realization that I am familiar with less than 10% of the artists attending this year. It is a wonderful problem to have.
Thus, in order to prepare myself for the musical offerings on tonight’s mainstage performance, I deferred to the musical oracle: Google. It is by far the most immediate form of relief for the musically curious and I can draw my first impressions of the performing artists. Since I know the artists have chosen to construct an internet persona by the materials they have uploaded onto their sites, I don’t feel remiss in making my first impressions by these videos.
I’m a fan of the folkie whimsy of the David Wax Museum duo portrayed in their video as we follow them on their eco-conscious commute to their gig. The hand-clapping and foot-stomping infectiousness in their tune, “Born with a Broken Heart,” is audible.
I am certain this is the first folk-cartoon music video I have ever seen. Though I felt my attention was more on the shady characters at the Jiggle Hut than their music, the musical momentum generated their bluegrass tunes was a nice compliment. It’s nice to see a group with a sense of humor.
This video reminds me of home. The Rocky Mountain shots… not so much the nomadic cowboy searching for his love in an urban jungle. Unless there is something I have been missing in downtown Edmonton.
I can see already see the uninhibited dancing of Folk Fest patrons rising from their tarps in the front section after watching this video. Their coolness factor also seems to be amplified with their sunglasses completing their wardrobe.
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