If you go over to the Regina Folk Festival site (or, even better, look in the festival guide in the latest issue of the prairie dog), you can see all the events for all the days, starting with e.s.l.’s noon hour concert on the Scarth Street mall today.
As always, though, there are some tough decisions to be maid when it comes down to the daytime sessions. These musical meetings — free for anyone who wants to ramble into Victoria Park, F.Y.I. — are events that you’ll likely never have the chance to experience again. Since that group of artists from across the RFF lineup will likely never be reassembled, the sessions are each unique and hard to pass up.
Here are the two hotly contested time slots in my schedule:
Saturday, 11:30 a.m.
Sunlit Stage #1: “The Unbearable Likeness of Being”: Braids, Dan Mangan, Library Voices (hosts), Michael Bernard Fitgerald
Sunlit Stage #2: “Watching the Papillon Parade”: Andrew Bird (host), Etran Finatawa
OK, so I’m a bit of a hip Canadian guy, so it shouldn’t be surprising that I might want to go see a bunch of hip Canadian artists. The Library Voices-led session is chock-full of them, from the experimental Braids to Dan Mangan’s indie folk tunes. But pairing modern Nigerian band Etran Finatawa, who have a six-person touring lineup, with Andrew Bird, a baroque indie rocker who more often than not takes the stage alone, seems like it could produce some real interesting results.
Sunday, 4:15 p.m.
Sunlit Stage #1: “Home, Home on the Vocal Range: Singers with Style”: Marco Calliari, Shakura S’Aida, Shotgun Jimmie (host), The Sojourners
Sunlit Stage #2: “For Him and the Girls”: Hawksley Workman (host), Coeur de pirate, Ashleigh Ball (Hey Ocean!), Cris Dersken
The session led by Shotgun Jimmie could wind up being anything at all: the artists grouped there cover soul, gospel, singer-songwriters, and rock ‘n’ roll. The idea of a possible live collaboration between Jimmie and gospel group the Sojourners is enough to make this an exciting possibility. However, everyone involved in “For Him and the Girls” could have been influenced heavily by the album of the same name. Hawksley Workman put it out back in 1999 and has had an impressive career since then. Seeing a bunch of people who’ve taken some influence from his work play with the man himself could be pretty cool.
Anyone else have some RFF conflicts in their weekend schedules? Or does Down with Webster at the Queen City Ex solve all these problems for you?