HCFF 2011: #folkyeah

Yeah, we're still catching up on posts. But what better time to revisit what we did this summer than with the last weeks of fall upon us?

We've heard a lot about the big, multi-day, marathon folk festivals that define summer in Canada for our R3 friends: Winnipeg Folk Festival, Mariposa Folk Festival, Regina Folk Festival, Dawson City Music Fest, etc., etc. Maybe someday we'll be able to pitch our tent and attend one of these tests of musical abundance, endurance and sleep deprivation, but this summer we put the training wheels on and experienced our first folk festival Jul. 16-17 in London, Ont. at the Home County Folk Festival. Here are our most memorable moments.

• The Adventures in Solitude workshop with CBC Radio 3 host and author Grant Lawrence, Sam Taylor and Marty Kolls. A book well worth reading, two musicians well worth checking out.

Grant Lawrence

Sam Taylor
Marty Kolls 

• The butterfly that landed-- and lingered-- on Grant's back jeans pocket.

"There was a butterfly where?"
• The power failure during Harlan Pepper's set. Unnerved at the first, they stepped up to the plate, off the stage, and performed a great acoustic set. Best part: the boys trying to get the mature audience to sing along to "Reefer": "I smoke a little reefer and hope my problems fade away..."

• Shawarma on the patio of the Barakat Restaurant with R3 friends.

Emm Gryner. Her new album Northern Gospel is out now.

Hawksley Workman. We loved Hawksley, but couldn't help being a little disappointed by his (understandably) family-friendly set list.

• Our "for R3 blogger eyes only" screening of Winning America, CBC Radio 3's first documentary. Kudos to Brent Hodge.

•  A delightful breakfast the next morning at The Bag Lady, with a very hungover overbooked Grant Lawrence and an on-location taping of "Indie Craft Attack."

• Amazing back-to-back sets Sunday afternoon from Dan Mangan-- giving the audience a preview of his latest album Oh Fortune, already highly lauded just a month after its release on Sep. 27.

• And The Acorn.