Mike Bell, Calgary Herald: Mike Bell's picks for Sunday's Folk Fest
Presumably, if you’re reading this, you survived Saturday of the folk fest.
Or the undead have developed basic comprehension skills, thereby making them all the more dangerous in the upcoming zombie apocalypse and meaning perhaps it’s time to declare my allegiance to our new corpsey overlords.
Either way, it also means you’re ready for a second helping of musical goodness (now with added pork) and ready to be led around Prince’s Island and its many stages by some kindly unsolicited suggestions. Unless, of course, you felt misguided yesterday and now, as a personal insult, have decided to follow your own path on this Sunday — an unwise move considering my recently formed unholy alliance with our reanimated keepers, but one that you’ll have to live (?) with.
So for those interested or those with an ounce of self-preservation, here’s your path to personal musical enlightenment on the final day of folk festing (or brain feasting).
10:30 a.m. Stage 3 Foie Gras and Grits
Butch Hancock (The Flatlanders), Les Chauds Lapins, Chic Gamine, Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
While many people are saddened by the absence of a Sunday gospel workshop this year, this one could be a religious experience in its own right — it does have a reverend! — and definitely one to get your day off on the right and left foot. Some Tex, some twang, some swing and some stomp. Testify.
11:25 a.m. Flight of the Kong Chords
Vernon Reid, Dick Gaughan, Matt Andersen, Hollow Brethren, Mighty Popo
Tough choice between this showcase of axemen and the sweet storyteller one on Stage 4, but with that workshop’s heavy-hitter, Joseph Arthur, having and concert later in the day, this one wins by default. Then again, considering the guitar and stringed-instrument talent assembled on this one stage, it’s a consolation prize that should more than deliver.
11:50 a.m. Stage 1 Song Contest Champs
Rob Heath, 100 Mile House, Elise Hall-Meyer, Lauren Payne
If you want to see a good sampling of the great musicians this region continues to breed and the folk fest continues to encourage, the winners of this year’s annual songwriting contest get their moment to shine. While all are good, definitely make a point to catch to catch Edmonton’s 100 Mile House — they are wonderful.
12:30 p.m. Lunch from India Palace Restaurant
The lineups for the curry are usually long. But worth it. And if you need something a little lighter, grab a couple of their amazing samosas and soak ’em in that filthy, treacly sauce. It’s healthy. Ish.
12:35 p.m. Stage 2 Jez Lowe
Just around the corner from the India Palace booth, you can grab some grass, eat your grub and enjoy some wry acoustic folk-pop from the fest vet. The U.K. native gets asked back because, musically, he’s a natural for the event, and because he’s also damn charming and entertaining.
12:50 p.m. Beer garden
No, it’s not because of the beer. It’s because it’s the perfect place to catch the Stage 3 workshop Groove Showdown, featuring Balkan Beat Box, Inhabitants and Spiro. It’s because of what should be a pretty excellent electro hip-hop battle. Again, not the beer. Besides. They sell sangria, too.