Wow. What a weekend. We are back home from the Valley, having spent a couple of days at the Deep Roots Music Festival in Wolfville.
Once again, we were blown away by the quality of the talent. I had not heard of many of these folks, and once again I wonder why. I mean, Suzie Vinnick is clearly a major, major roots/folk/Blues artist, but I had never heard of her before in my entire life. I nearly missed her in the "Sisters Are Doin' It" session Saturday afternoon, but it prepared me the final show this afternoon, where she did an entire set.
Here: Check out my favourite Suzie Vinnick song, "Save Me For Later".
What else? Thom Swift can't go anywhere without doing "Blue Sky Day", and he didn't disappoint. J.P. Cormier was fighting something on Saturday that made his voice even more gravelly than normal, but I didn't mind. Dave Gunning was excellent. I had no idea that Geoff Arsenault could even sing: I thought him "only" a drummer.
My friend Darrin Harvey won the 2014 Valley Arts Award. I will write more about that in my next column for Frank Magazine.
My regret is that we got a late start on Friday, and missed some of the performances then as well as some Saturday night's stuff. Sunday morning we also missed the Pete Seeger tribute, foodbank fund raiser.
Of the stuff we saw, which was quite a bit, it was excellent. I cannot recommend the Deep Roots Music Festival in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, highly enough. You have not lived until you have spent a weekend down there taking in these performances, not only in the larger venues, but in the smaller ones as well. We couldn't be every where, but I am wondering if in addition to the official Deep Roots venues, whether any of the restaurants and coffee houses in the town played host to any performances this weekend.
Next year, we will be better prepared. Next year, we will book off two vacation days, including the Thursday to get down there and take something to keep us awake for three days.
Deep Roots Music Festival 2015 can't get here soon enough.
See you tomorrow.