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Here it is!

http://www.ottawafolk.org/2009/schedule.html

I'm volunteering as a Roadie (Production Crew), watch out for me Sat/Sun daytime on the Hill Stage. "CHECK ONE! CHECK! CHECK ONE TWO!"

I must admit, I barely know anyone on this lineup and I'm hoping that some of you can lend your insight. Looking forward to hearing a lot of new artists though, and those running the Festival seem like great folks! The whole equality-between-artists-and-volunteers thing is wonderful (has it always been like this or did they take a page from Hillside? Or is this part of the Folk Festival tradition, of which Hillside took a page?) It's going to be a great weekend.

Some highlights:

- Songs From the Road:

Bruce Cockburn, Joel Plaskett, Steven Page

- Favourite Colours:

Amy Milan, The Sadies, Charlotte Cornfield

- The Natural Harmony: Albert Dumont, Mr. Something Something, Vishtèn

- Dig Your Roots:

Lyndell Montgomery, That 1 Guy, Travis & Dallas Good (The Sadies)

- Three:

Joel Plaskett, David Ross MacDonald, Catriona Sturton

Some observations:

- I totally thought The Sadies would be headlining the Dance Tent on Friday night. Who's Mihirangi? What's the Woodchoppers Assoc. like?

- Similarly I thought for sure that Joel Plaskett would headline on Sunday night. I guess 2nd to last is a good slot on a Sunday night though.

- Any insight into some of the less obvious members of the above collabs?

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Lots of our values are based on that of the Hillside Fest and of the Winnipeg Folk Fest- and in a smaller fashion even Mariposa. These are the three leaders and originators in this scene and are held in very high regard by all other festivals.

The Folk Festivals of Canada are recognized world wide for their inclusion of everyone into the experience- as such they have even banded together and do a yearly meeting together to align these values.

Comments on artists in next post.

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i thought The Sadies were billed for two days, I can only find them listed for the Friday night in the ridiculous 6:45 timeslot. 6:45???? The next performer is on at 8, so the Sadies get an hour? Ug.

(yes I can see they're listed for workshops on the Saturday)

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I was surprised about The Sadies too, but they requested an early slot for the Friday. I am sure it had something to do with the state they were in when they arrived at 11am last year after night 1's rager/ jam session at the Brookstreet.

This will be amazing, Lynsey is a local jazz etc drummer that is a one man show, throw in T1G and WOW!:

Sunday 11:45 Flowing with the Go: Linsey Wellman, That 1 Guy, Anne Davison, Robbie Anderman

Ray Bonneville, Radoslav Lorkovic, Idy Oulu are all amazing musicians not to be missed in any format.

And this to me looks tasty as well:

Sunday 10:30 African Roots: Jah Youssouf, Abdoulaye Koné, Lewis Melville, Idy Oulo (solo), Hob Dieudonné

I was a little bummed I didn't get more influence on the scheduling but now that the full lineup is out- there is absolutely nothing to complain about here. $85???? What a steal!

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Oh I got them mixed up. Then Lynsey is the asian guy, who is the shaved head drummer he plays with? He is the one I meant.....

Do you mean Mike Essoudry? (Linsey and Mike have done sax/drums duo shows together, usually at Avant-Garde Bar.) I don't think I've seen Mike with a shaved head, though Linsey had that style for a bit.

Aloha,

Brad

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Oh I got them mixed up. Then Lynsey is the asian guy' date=' who is the shaved head drummer he plays with? He is the one I meant.....[/quote']

Do you mean Mike Essoudry? (Linsey and Mike have done sax/drums duo shows together, usually at Avant-Garde Bar.) I don't think I've seen Mike with a shaved head, though Linsey had that style for a bit.

Aloha,

Brad

I think you mean Jesse Stewart..

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I am the Crew Leader for the Ottawa Folk Festival Production Team- running the stages, moving equipment, setting up the stages, plugging in and out repeatedly, getting water and male porno magazines for the artists (Rufus!) and general etc. work supporting Wall of Sound Productions.

Crew from this board alone: meggo, LJFH, Dr Evil Mouse, Calamity Jane and KevO. Good work skanks!

Its fun and free- and you get to work with me......

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Thank you yes, Jesse Stewart is the guy I was thinking of. They did a couple of duo shows for folk events this year...... Good thing I got it straight before the fest.

I love seeing Jesse Stewart perform, quite mesmerizing on the drums/percussion. At the Folk Fest warmup event at the Archives site he had this instrument that looks like a big steel pizza pan but there is water inside it, and you hold it by this handle that comes up the middle, then you hit it and sort of roll the water around inside. It sounded a bit like someone playing crystal wine glasses but with tilting chords (if that makes any sense!).

He's also in the group Tallboys with Kevin Breit and Matt Brubeck I think (who apparently tore it up at Hillside this year).

AND i think he was head of the music dept at U of Guelph when I went there in 99-01.

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Big Rock is one of the best sponsors we have. They are amazing to the Festival and to Music Fests in general across Canada and also a great support to Canadian Music as they put out 3 to 4 compiliations a year for free focusing on up and coming Canuck acts.

And KevO, of course I assigned you to that stage..... I know what my friends want!

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One amazing performace to take palce at the Folk Fest:

18 musicians from various genres, countries and backgrounds got together starting yesterday at their hotel rehearsel space to start a massive collaboration.

The musicians are chosen by our Artistic Director, and they spend four days writing and performing music together for the first time ever! and perform that music on the main stage at 6:45 on Friday August 21.

Lucky volunteers get to see a sneak preview on Thursday evening.....

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