The third night of the Winnipeg Folk Festival was a busy day, and for that reason, this is going to be a shorter update tonight. It was a long, mostly cool day out at Bird's Hill Park on Friday, and sleep awaits -- but here we go!
Friday at the fest was all about the singer-songwriter -- at least for this writer.
If you've been following our Twitter updates on the left side of our home page (or directly at twitter.com/showbizmonkeys), then you know what Day 2 of the Winnipeg Folk Festival was like -- the music was great, the atmosphere was awesome, and the weather was all over the place.
The Winnipeg Folk Festival has become one of the premiere outdoor festivals in North America over its 36 year history, attracting crowds of over 45,000 paying customers to see the world's best folk, roots, bluegrass, and traditional music performers.
What grabs you first about Toronto songstress Emma-Lee's debut full-length album Never Just a Dream? The dulcet tones of her voice and the mellow vibe, for starters.
From the moment the first notes of Day One's "California" rang through The Burt, it became the den of Sarah Slean. The cabaret popster, looking enchanting in a white knee-length dress and green high heels, immediately drew the audience in with her haunting vocals and poetic lyrics.
It's funny how things work out sometimes. In October of 2002, I crossed paths with singer/songwriter Ben Lee at a sound check party for a Vanessa Carlton concert that I won tickets to from a local radio station.