Every year (save for last year, when I made the concession so I could focus a full week on a very special commemoration of the bombing of Hiroshima) for almost the past two decades I've spent the first weekend of August on the shores of Lake Champlain, Vermont... as staff or volunteer area assistant at the Champlain Valley Folk Festival. So off I go... camping and canoeing around the edges of my assignment of checking in the performers.
This should be another fine year. After two weeks of heavy downpours, this looks like an especially fine two or three days of mixed sunshine ahead.
The lineup is excellent (see www.cvfest.org) and we'll have another great set of performers plus a special tribute to Bruce "Utah" Phillips on the main stage. Quite a good representation, as usual, from Québec plus a few performers from UK and Ireland, and a couple of bands from mainland Europe. Because of travel restrictions and the high cost of airfare, I think gone are the days when we had Pierre Bensusan and Martin Carthy and Martya Sebestyan's band "Musikas" all in one weekend. We're lucky to have any European performers at all.
I try every five years also to go to Goderich, Ontario for Fire, Earth, Air and Water Celtic Festival because they have generally a huge contingent in from County Sligo, Ireland teaching for the Celtic College (for the full schedule see - www.celticfestival.ca) and playiing on stage.
Well, got to run. Performers to sign in, music to hear, dances to dance and lakes to swim in.