Hello Groovers, I was going to start with a joke about how I’ve been hanging out in a hotbed of radicalism, but that doesn’t seem very appropriate now. So instead, I will tell you about how lovely it was to spend last weekend at the National Folk Festival (Canberra) with many people of goodwill. Admittedly we were a little cranky given the political times/blame games, but we took our frustrations out in peaceful and creative ways, such as through humour, verse and songs of kindness. Here’s how it goes.
Campbell, the Swaggie, travels the countryside attending festivals where he shares bush poetry, stories, and smiles. He plans to retire at 100.
It was fabulous to see so many talented performers — young and old — from around Australia and the world. I counted at least 115 performer listings in the program. My Canadian readers may be interested to know that there were quite a few performers from Canada. I was startled to hear the accent of young Canadian performer, April Verch. It was unexpected because, you may not know this, but all of my international readers speak to me with an Aussie accent! Anyway, here are a couple of photos of some of our local performers. (Apologies. I didn’t take the good camera. A deliberate choice.)
It wouldn’t be a proper folk festival without folk dancing.
Everyone knows the Hokey Pokey … is an act of subversion.
This lot could exercise no self-control. It was a joy to behold.
Follow that star.
It turns out that you can have too many lentils (my blood sugar went sky high).
Thankfully the Agedashi was to die for. Truly, it is not easy being green.
Festivals are normally big power users. However, Canberra’s local government has committed to a 100% renewable energy target by 2020. Of course, if you are an interstate or international visitor, you still have to get here. The plate in the above photo was bio-degradable so it went into the compost bin. I took my own coffee cup. The coffee was good.
Now, who is this scary looking mob? A bunch of greenies! In other words, regular people who were only too willing to have their photo taken for illustrative purposes.
There was also time for some shopping. Stick that up your coal stack, Adani.
So not dangerous; just wanting to make a difference, share their passion and have fun. I will leave you with this performance by John John Festival — a Japanese band playing Celtic folk tunes. You’ve seen and heard it all now, ladies and gentlemen.