Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Apple Hollow Music Fest
The Apple Hollow Music Fest in Franklin Centre, QC is next up on my folk festival agenda. Franklin Centre is in the Chateauguay Valley near the New York border about an hour, as the car drives, from Montreal.
This is Year 2 for Apple Hollow, and it’s a really nice little festival put together by Adrien Doucette, who was previously the artistic director of the Branches & Roots Festival in Ormstown. Last year’s Apple Hollow was a great day in the country filled with some excellent music and I’m anticipating an even better festival this year.
The festival begins Friday, July 17, with an open stage jam session and then continues all afternoon and evening Saturday, July 18, with a very impressive line-up that's worthy of a much bigger festival and that includes Jesse Winchester, Bruce Murdoch, Penny Lang and many more. A whole incredible day with lots of great artists for $15 – you’d usually have to pay three times that just to see Jesse on his own.
I’ve always felt that workshops are the real heart and soul of a folk festival and Apple Hollow’s schedule includes an incredible workshop – The Montreal Folk Reunion – that I wouldn’t want to miss even if I wasn’t hosting it. Imagine, Jesse Winchester, Bruce Murdoch, Penny Lang, Willie Dunn, Ron Bankley and me, all on stage together with stories and songs that recall the fabled days of the Montreal folk scene of the 1960s and ‘70s (and, no doubt, some new songs and stories too).
Be sure and say “hi” at Apple Hollow.