No Direction Home

This humble blog was started to document our travels around the country during the summer of 2006, We have opted to continue updating it due to the requests from family & friends. Enjoy!

Monday, August 21, 2006

Folks Fest Day 2

August 20, 2006

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Sophie, James, Chris & Kathy

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Blue Rodeo's Jim Cuddy joins Kathleen Edwards on stage.

The second day of the Folks Fest in Lyons featured another 12 hours of amazing musical performances. We were up early and made our way in to set up camp, our two sun-shades that could serve as a base for our large group. We were joined by Chris, Kari, Sophie & James who drove up from Manitou Springs for the day. We also had Kerry & Bruce, Kerry’s parents, Mike & Donna Egan and a number of their friends from Estes Park join our entourage, so we made good use of the large space we appropriated in the sunshade section.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting James in the River

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Bruce,Donna, Mike, Kari, Kerry, Brian & Marika

Another stellar line-up of musical performers included Kathrin Shorr, Steve Seskin, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Issa (formerly Jane Siberry), Guy Clark, Kathleen Edwards, The Waifs, and Kris Kristofferson. The diverse line-up provided a wonderful and eclectic mix of music. Something for everyone. Despite the Folk Fest name, much of the music extends far beyond the range of traditional folk and includes country, alt-country, coffee house, alternative and rock.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Michael & Elvis Perkins

Kathrin Shorr was the winner of the annual songwriters contest at last year’s fest and thus earned a shot at the main stage this year and it was easy to see why she won. A terrific voice with wonderful songs, she was one of the pleasant surprises.

I think the most interesting and eclectic performer was Elvis Perkins in Dearland. Elvis is the son of “Psycho” actor Anthony Perkins and photographer Berry Berenson who was killed in a plane on 9/11. He is a gifted musician and a quirky song-writer and gave a very eclectic performance. He was also a really nice guy as we found out after his performance when he spent much of the day hanging out in the crowd.

Marika’s favorite was the Canadian singer Issa, who recently changed her name from Jane Siberry. Her performance showcased her beautiful voice and quirky personality. Marika & Brian went right up front in the bright and hot sun to watch her.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Brian & Marika enjoy Issa

Guy Clark is a west Texas legend and proved to be a favorite of the actual performers as most of the other artists crowded the front to watch his set. His gravelly country songs and poignant stories did not disappoint. He was followed by the wonderful Kathleen Edwards, who after only two releases is something of an alt-country star. She sounded fantastic and she looked great, we thought she had a very similar look to our friend Kerry, especially from a distance. Judge for yourself.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Kerry & Kathleen Edwards

The highlight of the day was the legendary headliner, Kris Kristofferson, no question. He played a wonderful set that spanned the songwriter’s deep musical reservoir that goes back almost 70 years and included such classics as “Me and Bobby McGee” and “Sunday Morning Coming Down” as well as many songs from his latest brilliant release, “This Old Road”. It was an incredible performance and a great way to cap an almost perfect day of fun and music.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting Kris Kristofferson

Elvis Perkins Website

Kathleen Edwards Website

Guy Clarke Website

Kris Kristofferson Website

Issa Website


At 5:19 PM, Anonymous marta said...

Boy, am I glad you got your computer fixed.... I am really getting to be addicted to your blog...The concerts sound incredible, especially Kris K.... Oh my!!!!!! By the way, did you ever get my b'day card, I sent to Chris"s house?.. You all and the computer keep well! Love, MB


Post a Comment

<< Home