So The Winnipeg Folk Festival added Lucinda Williams, which is cool, I guess, but if that’s the last of the “big” names to be announced, all I can do is yawn. Now, don’t get me wrong, I live for the Winnipeg Folk Festival and would go even if there wasn’t anybody new to see, but thinking back on the many, many great artists who I’ve had the great fortune to discover there, I have to believe that there’s more out there than what we’re seeing this year.
I know that our AD works hard, and it’s easy to program a festival from the comfort of your couch, so, for your unrealistic pleasure, here’s a short list of the many artists who would all be MUCH cooler than just about anything at this year’s Winnipeg Folk Festival (except Chuck Prophet, whom you can see in some dude’s living room, which will be much cooler than the festival, anyway…)
Where are they: (aka why the hell not?)
The Lowest of the Low (not at ANY Canadian Folk Festivals? Time for a new booking agent!)
NQ Arbuckle (playing Trout Forest)
Brandi Carlile (playing Edmonton)
Middle Brother (or even just Deer Tick would do)
The Head & The Heart (playing Calgary)
Gurf Morlix & the Blaze Foley tribute/movie
The Wooden Sky
The Tallest Man on Earth
Mumford & Sons
Band of Horses
Jon Dee Graham
Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson
Dave McCann (for Jaine)
Bobby Bare Jr.
Barney Bentall & The Grand Cariboo Opry (how cool would that be?)
The Cave Singers
Old Crow Medicine Show
Welcome back any time:
Guy Clark (playing Edmonton)
The Gourds (yeah, right!)
The Handsome Family
Still wishing, still hoping:
Gillian Welch (playing Vancouver)
Bruce Springsteen (for Stu)
And, just to prove that I’m some idiot making unrealistic requests from the comfort of my living room, I present: Only in my dreams – can’t wait for the big Folk Fest in the sky:
Willie P Bennett
Townes Van Zandt
Stevie Ray Vaughan
It could be worse, we could have to sit through:
Neil Young solo, playing Le Noise crap
Crash Test Dummies
What’s on your wish list? Got any thoughts on my insane ramblings? Please leave a comment!
Don’t forget one of your wishes – Joshua Cockerill – can be seen the weekend before FF in that same Prophet-set living room (or perhaps the backyard, we’ll see). And the Folk Fest doesn’t offer a FREE BBQ (or the Warped 45s, for that matter).
Wow, that sounds AMAZING! Where can one find information on that amazing concert? http://www.twangtrust.ca ?