I’m back from the 2011 Ontario Council of Folk Festivals conference in Niagara Falls, Ontario — and I am really missing the music!

When my friend dropped me off at home yesterday afternoon, I found myself immediately clapping along to a passing car’s blaring radio.  Music is everywhere it seems, but LIVE music is just.. something else.  An experience.

I had a wonderful time playing in a few private showcases and meeting many very nice people.  Here are some highlights for me (in no particular order):

– Late night jammin’ in the hotel hallway with friend Drew Gonsalves of Kobo Town, Trevor Mills and Raven Kanatakta of Digging Roots.  (Look for a new Kobo Town album in 2012.)

– Discovering a very cool group from Montreal called Tricot Machine.  Here’s one of the slower songs they played that I loved:

– Hearing and seeing the hurdy-gurdy for the first time, played by a talented trio from Peterborough.  Such a cool instrument..

– Catching up with Mr. Jason Wilson (would have been better if I heard him sing though – great songwriter / reggae artist)

– Hearing Kevin Fox play; great voice with cello and a looping station.  He performed a spellbinding cover of “River” by Joni Mitchell

– The Dardanelles – a great group from Newfoundland that plays traditional music.  Made me miss St. John’s!

– Singing along with Tannis Slimmon in one of the private showcases — I love her energy

– Getting goosebumps from Matt Andersen‘s powerful blues voice and guitar playing

I’m looking forward to October 2012 in Mississauga.  Until then, I have an album to finish!

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