report on the latest developments in the Ottawa Bluesfest takeover of the Ottawa Folk Festival.
Folk festival artistic director Dylan Griffith is gone (after just one year), the folk festival office has moved into Bluesfest’s digs, the folk festival board is now dominated by Bluesfest board members and the booking is being done by Bluesfest director Mark Monahan. The folk festival dates have been moved to August 26 to 28 and it’s almost certain that the location will be moved to a more central location than Britannia Park.
Monahan and his team obviously know how to put on the big concerts that have come to dominate the evening concerts at folk festivals. I remain optimistic that he’ll maintain and develop the creative daytime workshop programming that I believe is the heart and soul of great folk festivals.
Pictured: Mike Regenstreif, Nora Guthrie, Kris Kristofferson and Jimmy LaFave talking about Woody Guthrie at the 2007 Ottawa Folk Festival.