His monastic life takes a musical turn for the worse when his failure to keep the faith is discovered.
Flute, fiddle and acoustic guitar plus an astonishing jaw harp overture produce original sound. In a word distinctive.
Opening night was like an online shopping cart. It is a taste it and see of what is on offer at the National.
Take it or leave it, there is no pressure. There are days of browsing multiple venues on the huge National Folk Festival site to sort it all out
Pacific Curls is a wild fiddler wearing tartan slacks. In the middle is a Maori Princess who puts in the Kiwi u when she chats about Fush and Chups and along with the Maori maid and the wildly effective bow of the Scots lass the trio includes blinding finger work on ukulele and guitar.
Then Rory McLeod has a message. Its strange and compelling, out there and on the edge. It is like being hit by a Scots gale, a slap in the face with words and tempo which jars with its raw look at the not so fortunate life..
It is about a baby abandoned by its frightened young mother. There is a Nick Cave like dark side to this entertainer.
His music is wielded in a combination of claymore clout and socio sting. It is the point of themessage which comes with the dirk under the ribs which is so compelling. His music is in your face and McLeod's Flying Scot assault on the harmonica takes the word skilled to a new level. Extraordinary!
Eleanor McEvoy has broad range
Then Eleanor McEvoy came as a complete surprise. We were wandering between musical venues and her voice drew us to her. She was singing Ave Maria. Not the traditional pious version. Eleanor makes insightful comment on the Catholic faith but without actually burning Rome down. Eleanor's approach, however,burned her music into the Festival fans. Her CDs sold out.
Like a pilgrimage The National Folk Festival was powered by goodwill. People just want it to work, it's like a coming home through all forms of music to celebrate humanity in all its diversity.
This Easter music festival is truly The National Folk Festival. The focuswas a celebration of Rock 'n' Roll, Blue Grass, Jazz, Country and Western, Celtic and many diverse national styles plus the many traditional folk styles.
Australias festival flagship, the National, draws together people from all around Australia and the world at Exhibition Park In Canberra (EPIC).
Theycame to share in the songs, dances, tunes, and verse that have flowed through the ages from many communities into Australian folk culture.
Children had their own Festival venue every day where quality performers and arts workers introduce them to the fun of the Festival.
Having a good time
The Kids Festival inside the main grounds was a purpose-made area for children's performances and participation for children, and professionally supervised child care was also available in the Childcare facility.
Every year more and more young people are being drawn to the Folkie, as performers, audience and volunteers. This is a Festival that is fun for every age. The themes for 2008 were - Music of the Celtic Nations and Australia at Play. New South Waleswas this year's feature state.
Bob Fox (England), Women in Docs, The Duhks (Canada), Wheelers and Dealers, Cloudstreet, George Papavgeris, Mike Compton (USA), Genticorum (Canada), Faerd (Denmark/Sweden), Pacific Curls (New Zealand/Scotland), Marcia Howard, King Curly, Les Barker (England), Dancehall Racketeers, Big Rory and Ochie (Scotland), Truckstop Honeymoon (USA), Judy Small, The Wheeze and Suck Band, Jan Wositzky and Tim Heath, Voicepopfoible, Pekka Pentikainen and Catherine Strutt (Finland/Australia), Devlish Mary, Rory McLeod, Peggy Seeger (USA), Jim Conways Big Wheel, David Arden, Fabio da Lapa (Brazil), and the return of The Spooky Men's Chorale. The first National Folk Festival was held in 1967 making this the 42nd with music to suit every taste.
The festival breaks down artificial cultural and social barriers and brings people to a sense of belonging to an extended family with common interests.
The National Folk Festival is noted for its annual dance program from all around the world - Africa, Spain, China, Ireland, Egypt, Scotland, Argentina, Papua New Guinea, Chile, Lebanon, the Balkans and beyond colonial and Scottish balls, bush dancing, square dancing, clog dancing dance workshops and dance displays.
Jam time at The Sessions Bar
Cloudstreet and bass player friend Rebecca Wright(left)
Scots reel at Eddi Readers concert
Eddi Readers band puts the jig into Burns poems
The Sessions bar set take their work seriously
John Thompson pours out the Cloudstreet sound