There's a gentle charm that imbues Folk Music festivals, I think, and I've been wondering how to describe it to the uninitiated. This charm is informed in part by the vast spectrum of performances - everything from full throttle bluegrass pickers to ruminative, sensitive Singer-Songwriter types, from raw beginners to fully fledged professionals.
And there's a place for everyone.
There's tacit (and sometime quite vociferous) support for everyone, regardless of style, genre, level of proficiency, gender, race or creed. It's one of the few musical environments that I have encountered that is truly about the music and its makers.
This is a very good thing.
These days when just about everything we see, read or hear is polarizing and negative, when we're all so emotionally labile that even simple conversations become contentious, how refreshing it is to be able to experience a little camaraderie, joy, and - dare I say it? - love, in the name of music.
Please enjoy my tune "Big Old Bunch Of Your Love" from my most recent CD It's A Rough World Baby. It's FREE for your listening, downloading and sharing pleasure!