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Twittering from the VFMF turned out to be an interesting writing exercise: little time for analysis and you have to express yourself in 140 characters or less. Here's my collection:
Gadelle. They're great! Acadian fiddle, step dance etc.
Why did 2 out of 4 people leave our blanket when Shane Koyczan went on and on with his mediocre poetry? Backup singers were the best part.
Bassekou Kouyate: Mesmerizing. Featuring the "Tina Turner of Mali" plus outstanding instrumentals.
Po' girl: You go girl(s) (and boys). Original music, great stage presence, good workshoppers.
Carlos del Junco: This string bean has a voice like chocolate, plays fab harmonica, but took his CDs home before I could buy one.
Connie Caldor: Still has her chops!
Playing for Change: Channeling Marvin gay: awesome!
Tao Seeger: Channeling Joe Cocker—with a banjo!
Nathan Rogers: Channeling his dad, Tuvan throat singers and YouTube, with a dose of "why are we here." Good stuff.
Toilet paper in the porta pottys: ROUGH.
Madison Violet: Smokin' bluegrass, small town Ontario & David Suzuki for PM.
Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens: Oh lordy, that singer in the red hat is a powerful woman.
Best food lineup: TNT Wraps. You can listen to the main stage show from there.
Steelworkers Union of Montreal: Most words per line of any group at the festival. Please don't let the devil take you home—you're too good.
Grampa Elliott perfomed with Playing for Change. Indescribably moving. Canadian youngins: The Gertrudes, Deep Dark Woods & Ladies of the Canyon: Goodnight Irene & (even) Four Strong Winds sound new! Catherine MacLellan tells us that Elvis recorded her dad's song Snowbird and then she sings it herself—better than even our famous Anne did! It ain't true, rhythm and blues queen Bettye LeVette, that nobody loves you—we do!
Alvin Youngblood-Hart: keep doin' what you do to me—it feels goooood. Although it's supposed to be the blues...
Let's hear it for guitar crazyman Daniel Champagne from Australia. And he can sing too.
Colin Hay: Your songs are so mellow that I went right off to sleep. Sorry, but I was in a lovely patch of shade too. Feel better now.