Sunday, 12 February 2012

The 18th Festival of American Old Time Music and Dance

On Friday evening we ventured out in the freezing cold to attend the Festival of American Old Time Music and Dance. This is an annual event held Gainsborough.  There was a concert on Friday night where we saw lots of great groups all steeped in the Old Time Music history.
Christine Cooper, Barry Southern & Alan Wright

Moonshine Hollow

Riley Baugus
The first group were from England and the guy in the checked shirt had the most distinctive voice I have ever heard.  He was great.  Moonshine Hollow were from Holland and you could tell they were thoroughly enjoying themselves.  Finally Riley Baugus who was such a pleasant man worked on the film Cold Mountain with Nicole Kidman.  If you've ever seen it he sang the songs when the men were sat around the camp fire.
Steve went back the next day and attended a couple of the workshops.  That's where the musicians above take masterclasses in their chosen instruments.  Steve plays the Banjo, mandolin and guitar so there was plenty to keep him happy.  I would have liked to try the Flat Foot Clogging but had to go to work on my stall instead.
It's the second Knit and Natter group tomorrow night so I had better go and get prepared.  I haven't unpacked the car from yesterday yet.

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