Sunday, 29 July 2012

Life Off the Grid 24 - The Folk Festival Journey - July 7, 2012

Life Off the Grid 24 – July 7, 2012

Another freakishly hot day.

Small children enjoy playing in the sandbox under the shade of brightly coloured umbrellas.

The Tavern is popular.

As are the games, which have been transported from the campground to the festival site for the day.

I heard Adam Cohen (Leonard Cohen's son) on Q some weeks ago and found his music and what he had to say very interesting. He was playing at the festival so, of course, I had to go.
He wears a hat on stage, just like his dad.

He also sounds a lot like his dad, both vocally and lyrically.

We also saw two Celtic bands at a workshop stage, The Fretless and Sketch. Lots of dancing, in spite of the heat.

We went to another stage with several bands playing...

Not every day you see a harp at a folk festival...

Atmospheric sky

Heather and Jenny heading off somewhere.

The dome stage across the way

The neighbours...

I didn't take my camera to main stage. I knew we were going to be dancing and I didn't want to be tied down to it. I danced on my own at main stage to Todd Snider's music. It was very liberating. I was all on my own, so I didn't need to worry that people would think my dancing was weird. I wasn't trying to impress anyone. I was just dancing for the joy of it. And it was truly joyful. Then I found my friends, Patti and Linda, and hung out with them for awhile. Then it was off to Big Blue to find Heather and her crowd. This is where Sketch, the Scottish Celtic dance music band, was playing. It was an interesting scene. A rave, complete with video projected on the canopy, crowd surfing, tons of neon bracelets and necklaces, people dancing wildly. I danced too. Very fun.

We encountered a neon man on the way to Pope`s Hill after the evening show ended.

The Temple was all lit up with torches. Very cool.

The scene at Pope`s Hill...

The fire dancers began...

Apparently, not everyone takes rules on signs seriously...

The fireworks were cool. Also, quite close and probably quite unsafe.

Lots of neon...

Things are in full swing at the Temple. Dancing girls gyrate to a band playing on the ground.

We wound up visiting a bunch of campfires. Some were quite strange. Witnessed many odd things going on. Went to bed about 4:30 AM. Sky beginning to get light.