This edition of FRFF will certainly be remembered most for the “Mighty Storm,” but there was another 'force of nature' at work at Dodd's Farm - namely the vocal wallop of the Eddie from Ohio - particularly stirring during the Gospel Wake-up call. Another vocal powerhouse, Vance Gilbert - brought soul to the stage Sunday morning ... and back stage during the deluge: Vance burst into a hearty chorus of "Wade in the Water" at the height of the storm, leading an impromptu sing-a-long that certainly lightened our heavy hearts as a torrent filled the tent.
Hands down, though, Patty Larkin stole the show. By my lights, she is among the most inventive guitarists working in acoustic music today. Her humor from stage mixed with her powerful insights as a songwriter make her truly inimitable. wherever folk music is headed, I'm happy to have Patty leading the charge.
I spent 2 ½ days at Falcon Ridge and I think I hit the dry days.. The music is always so great when heard live, outside in a great surrounding and the 20th year of this festival was no different.. Falcon Ridge regulars included Dar Williams, The Neilds, Vance Gilbert, Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, Chris Smither and many more. Martin Sexton was there for a great Satuday night late set.. And of course, the playing and jamming and dancing went on until the morning.
Our photos, courtesy of Gordon Nash, Jane Toohey and Janeen Shaitelman
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More info on the festival at falconridgefolk.com