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Camping at #frff

Camping at #frff, originally uploaded by Aldon.

I'm having difficulty getting to the edit mode of my blog from my cellphone over the celluar network so I'm tring to blog a way I used to by sending pictures to flickr. Typing is slow on the cellphone so I'll probably be more terse for the next few days
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Update: I believe I took this picture last Thursday and tried sending it via Flickr to my blog. However, I was having problems with the Internet connectivity and the message only made it through today.

It is probably just as well. I've had a busy day. There is a blog post I really want to get written, but I'm so tired, I can't focus well enough right now, so I'm saving that for tomorrow.

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My #frff Canon

My daughters went to a camp for severl years theat had a canon of songs that everyone sang. It had benn passed down from one generation of campers to the next and whenever they would gather they would sing some of these oongs.

For me, there is a canon of songs that is part of my annual trips to camp Nin the middle of a field. In the middle of Hillsdale". Summertime is one of those songs. It is often followed by "may I suggest". "May I suggest this is the best part of our life."

that can be a hard message to hold on to. The economy is still pretty bad for a lot us us. In the past few months I've seen friends struggle with horrible illnesses and others die. Yet in all of this, "there is a hope that's been addressed inyou, the hope of seven generations, maybe more."

there are other songs that are part of the canon. It includes Dar Williams singing "Iowa" and perhaps a few other songs. It includes The Nieldand The Kennedy's.

Perhaps drawing it all together is "This is my home". Now it is time to pack and listen to a final day of music before heading home. Have you been to Falcon Ridge? What is in your #frff canon?

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#frff Emerging Artists - Blood lLike Yours

Unike other years at Falcon Ridge where the rain came in quick torrents of fury, yedterday brought a slow constant rain for nearlly four hours of the Emerging Artists Showcase.

Before the afternoon was half over, my program was too soggy to write on and my fingers were prunes, so I,m writing this without any usable notes. Fortunately, I had listened to and read about the performers ahead of time, so I had sone clear expectations.

Pretty much, everyone lived up to expectations, with a few sounding much better live then they did online. ellen cherry stood out it this respect. Many of the artists embraced the Falcon Ridge experience thanking the audience for hanging in through the rain, joking about sunblock and staying hydrated, or the need for a giant slippy slide made out of tarps in front of the Main Stage.

They pitched their CDs, websites and mailing lists.. They told their fan which late night song swap on the hill they would be attending. One musician thar I really liked was Bobbie Lancaster, but she was heading straight back to Indiana. Spuyten Duyvil,which I also really liked is sticking around and performing all over the hill.

There were quite a few good acts and it hard to limit my choice to three. So, along with those zia,ve already mentioned, I want to give a shout out to Vanessa Torres, whom I really liked.

With that, let me list me current picks for next years most wanted. Barnaby Bright was one of my early picks. They have a great song about a father dying of AIDS which they didn,t play. I liked this other pieces as well and they're still on my top three list.

John Wort Hannam is a school teacher turned musician. He has a great song about his father;s reaction to the decision to leave teaching. His father was a carpenter and made an obtuse comment about going against the grain.

At the top of the list is Chis O'brien. He did really well Thursday night at Tribe Hill and equally as well on the main stage. He has a powerful song about dealing with his father's alcoholism. He wonders what it means for him to have blood like his father's flowing through his veins.

An old friend of mine has a genetic degenerative disease. He watched it take his father and now it is taking him. To the best of my knowledge, I do not carry alcoholism or degenerative diseases, but I wonder what of my father do I carry, and what of me do my children carry. I hope some of it is alove of folk dancing and sitting in the rain on a hill for hours listening to great stories put to music.

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#frff Thursday

This year, the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival doesn't officially start until noon on Friday. However we could still arrive on Wednesday to set up camp. This has changed the whole tenor, tone and pace of Thursday.

We started the day just hanging out and chatting with friends as new friends continued to arrive. The weather was beautiful and in the afternoon I took Fiona and a friend to Taconic State Park to swim in the old quarry. The water was much warmer than expected.

We ran into several people from Falcon Ridge including a woman 2ith a one year old. Last year at Falcon Ridge, her very large belly was being decorated with henna and Fiona joined in and got henna designs on her arms. The baby came out two days after Falcon Ridge.

Back at the campsite, we ate some local fruit and berries and then Kim arrived with our seecond wave and some good stuffed bread and pies.

In the evening, the teenagers headed off with their guitars for an improptu jam session at the dance tent. I headed to the lounge where a couple hundred people gathered for an unofficial concert.

The music was quite good, but without a notepad, I'm relying on memory as to who the performers were. Leading the session was a guy with a name something like Ethan James BryantEthan Scott Baird (of Pesky J Nixon, see the note below. When I get a chance I will check online to try and figure out and link to the real name.

Also performing was Brittany Ann. This is her first year at Falcon Ridge and she was really good. David Glayser joined in with some really good music as well.

When that set ended, I headed down to Tribe Hill, where I listened to Abi Tappia, Chris O'brien, Karen Oliver, Brad Yoder and Jason Ramalach. Abi was an emerging performer a fe years ago and came back the following year as one of the most wanted. Chris O'brien is one of the emerging performers this year. If he performs as well as he did last night, as well as on some of his songsonline, he is likely to come back tnext year as one of the most wanted.

After that set, Tribe Hill shifted into an open song swap, but I knew Fiona would be waking up early so I headed off to bed.

The tenor, tone and pace of Falon Ridge on Thursday was quite pleasent. The informal gatherings of musicians was very enjoyable and fits very nicely with a broader understanding of how things emerge.

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#frff Emerging Artists Preview, Part Two

So, I am rushing out the door, but before I head out, I’m saving a draft of part two of my review of the emerging artists. This will probably end up simply as is, or with minor editing. With that, I don’t have a lot of notes on many of the musicians other than links and a few random thoughts.

Marie Moreshead

One Woman’s Meat: If E.B. White were a twenty something singer songwriter from Maine in the beginning of the twenty-first century, I suspect he would have turned out a bit like Marie Moreshead (@mariemoreshead, EPK).

John Wort Hannam

John Wort Hannam (EPK), has a long list of festival appearances and awards and is frequently compared favorably to Gordon Lightfoot. I like Gordon Lightfoot a lot and it isn’t a surprise that I really like John Wort Hannam’s music as well.

Vanessa Torres

Vanessa Torres (EPK). I have her music on my cellphone and hope to listen to some of it on the drive up.
On cellphone

Spuyten Duyvil

I also have Spuyten Duyvil’s music on my cellphone. (@spuyduy, EPK).

Rebecca Loebe

Rebecca Loebe ( rebeccaloebe, EPK.) Listened to online.

Chris O’Brien

Chris O’Brien (@chrisobrien26, EPK.)
On cellphone.

Mia Adams & The Scenic Roots

Listened online.

Tripping Lily

Tripping Lily (@trippinglily, EPK.)
On cellphone.

Stephanie Nilles

Stephanie Nilles (@snillesmusic, EPK.)
Feeds Twitter from other sites, and I’m the only current follower.
On cellphone.

Anthony D'Amato

On cellphone.

The Folkadelics

No tweets, one follower. Listened online.

Barnaby Bright

This duo is my favorite of the ones I’ve listened to ahead of time. The song Gravity is especially touching. Nathan dedicated it to his father who passed away from AIDS and seeks to honor the struggle of everyone struggling with this tragic disease.

Anna Vogelzang

Anna Vogelzang (@annavzang, EPK.)
Listened to online.

Mike Miz

On cellphone.

Evie Ladin

Evie Ladin (@evieladin, EPK.)
Listened to online, I think.

Karyn Oliver

Karyn Oliver (@KarynOliver.) She is not one of the official emerging artists. However, according to this message), she will be playing in the Lounge Tent Thursday at 5:45 with Chris O'Brien and Vanessa Torres.

That’s it for now.

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