Thurs. August 3rd @ 6:30 PM ~ Cranberrry Arts & Music Fest, Harwich, MA (Cape Cod)
Happy summer, y'all.
I just finished up 3 days of performing at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. An honor and a joy. It was nothing short of AMAZING.
Congrats to Anne Saunders and the FRFF Volunteer Army for pulling together an extraordinary and FULL 3-day festival, for the first time since the pandemic. The new location on the Goshen Fairgrounds (CT) provided a wonderful space. Especially when the skies opened up... Lots of buildings to dash into. And, the facilities were really condusive to the work of connecting with people and re-building community.
I had sets all three days on Main-Stage... On Friday night I was in a round w/ Lucy Kaplansky, Tracy Grammer, and Stephen Kellogg. Saturday solo set + the Sunday morning Gospel Wake-up Call w/ the Nields, Mark Dann, and the Slambovian Circus of Dreams. The Slambovians knocked a Van Morrison song (She Gives Me Religion) out of the park! Spectacular. I was also grateful to have a fun set on the Family Stage. It was a beautiful weekend acoss the board.
In addition to getting to sing and play with some amazing musicians, and re-connect with scores of friends and colleagues, I was psyched to hear some amazing music. In song circles and on the many stages - it was a phenominal musical experience start to finish.
A couple personal highlights included hearing Richard Thompson on Saturday night, and Livingston Taylor on Sunday afternoon. Hearing Vincent Black Lightling again LIVE was fabulous. And Livingston has been writing some stunning new music... Powerful and intricately composed, with heart.
More updates soon!
See you out there on the road...
In Gratitude & Song,
PS - I will also be performing and teaching at TradMad week at the Pinewoods Camp in Plymouth. MA at the end of August. But it may be sold out. To get on the waiting list - please visit: http://www.tradmadcamp.org
Richard Thompson (FRFF 2023)