Woodford Folk Festival: Day 3 reports
DAY two of the festival was all about having fun! The Dance Hall was buzzing with people learning all kinds of dance moves… from a classical Indian dance workshop, to Cuban New York Cha Cha, to Twilight Latin Dance… if you wanted to get moving, this was the place to be.
Long-time Woodfordian and much loved former PM, Bob Hawke, took to the Concert stage where he spoke to a packed crowd about modern democracy and his views on the current state of our nation's parliament.
But simply walking around the festival was almost the best thing to do… performers roamed the streets from dawn till dusk. The golden Egyptian goddesses of the Sacred Circus towered above the streets dazzling festival audiences. The Festival of the Chariots paraded with a sea of saris and Indian beats inspired by the Ratha Yatra from India which has great healing power. Giraffes on stilts played amongst the venues and the monsters danced through the crowds flanked by mobs of children shouting their names.
The Festival of Small Halls tour came to its conclusion at the Concert stage, Rose Cousins, Jordie Lane and Cole & Van Dijk took to the stage together for one last time… a musical celebration of the 7000km journey throughout Queensland this past month.
The festival's little secret, Museum Collective was shrouded in mystery, and last night audiences finally got a taste of the band and they didn't disappoint. A collective of incredibly talented artists, ARIA award winner Matt Corby took a backseat and let the other members shine, which they did. The funkier numbers had the crowd on their feet, while a haunting ghostlike vocal performance had everyone in awe.
Hailed as one of the best concerts of the festival, the Ladies of the Canyon featured Leah Flanagan and Ange Takats from Australia, Canadians Rose Cousins, Mo Kenney and Kim Wempe and Scottish songstress Rachel Sermanni. Further strengthening the ties between Woodford, Canada and Scotland, the ladies wowed audiences with their appreciation for Joni Mitchell, sharing Joni's songs and their own, telling stories of their lives through song. There was not an empty seat in the Bazaar, and crowds were five people deep outside the tent listening in and hoping to catch a glimpse of these incredible women.
Earlier in the day Festival Director Bill Hauritz welcomed the Canadian contingency to the festival at an informal reception for all of the Canadian artists onsite. Sharon Pinney from the Canadian Consul General attended and expressed how strong the relationship between Woodford and Canada has become and how it continues to grow.
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MONDAY 30 DECEMBER - WHAT TO SEE, WHAT TO DO….
Our tip for Day 4 is to experience something different ...
TaikOz 10.45am at the Concert stage, talk about something different… TaikOz draws on Japanese tradition and contemporary sounds to create their dramatic and mesmerising drumming performances.
Reggae Royalty Julian Marley brings us the best of Bob plus his own musical immersions backed by his twelve piece band! In his only show at the festival, be sure to catch Julian at the Amphitheatre at 9.45pm.
The Basics 3pm at The Grande. Australia's most famous unknown band, The Basics, had a big 2013, reuniting to release two albums and returning to the live circuit. Catch Tim, Kris and Wally (aka. Gotye) at The Grande as they celebrate 10 years of mateship, adventures, and amazing music.
ASORE: A Series of Rare Events 5.15pm at the Palace and 10.50pm at The Parlour. A4 Circus Ensemble take us on a strange and wonderful journey to the world of the 1920's travelling circus, exploring behind the scenes, where nothing is as glamorous as it seems.
Woodford Comedy Club 8 - 9.20pm at The Parlour featuring comedians Denise Scott, Ryan Coffee, Joe Shaffer and Bart Freebairn. This group of hilarious people are sure to bring some joy into your day. With a laugh a minute, if you need some cheering up, or just a good chuckle, this is the place to be.
Midnight Creatures Cabaret featuring Brendan Maclean, The Dirty Brothers and Ghostboy at The Parlour - 12midnight - 1.30am. Showcasing the best of the Brendan Maclean's cabaret background, this performance will present the cream of the crop in Australian contemporary side show. Featuring strong-man oddities The Dirty Brothers, and hosted by slam poet extraordinaire Ghostboy.