The Florida Folk Festival and the Spring Festival Season.

fff_mainstageThe spring was so busy for us that we’ve completely neglected keeping up with our web site and blog. Over the past couple of months, we’ve been playing out of town more often than in town. Since the first of the year, we’ve played a whole string of festivals: Cortez Fishing Festival, Will McLean Festival, Sarasota Folk and Acoustic Music Festival, Gulfport Spring Festival, Gamble Rogers Festival, and WMNF’s Tropical Heatwave.

Sarasota Folk Festival

Sarasota Folk Festival

We were really honored to be invited back to the Sarasota Folk Festival this year as headliners. There really is something magical about playing Saturday night, with a big crowd from our own town. We couldn’t believe that we were sharing the stage with a line-up of incredible musicians: delightful Scott & Michele Dalziel, the astonishingly talented Sam Pacetti, and a wonderful band from the Cayman Islands called Hi Tide. It was frankly a little daunting to close out an evening of such amazing music.

Backstage, at Gamblefest.

Backstage, at Gamblefest.

At the Gamble Rogers Festival, we got to play on the big ampitheatre stage again, this time just a day before Bob Dylan was scheduled to appear on the same stage. We like to think that we were getting the stage ready for him. We saw Sam Pacetti again at the Gamble Rogers Festival, but his evening set was interrupted by a tornado warning in the area. That was interesting– we all huddled back stage for about 90 minutes while we waited for an impressive thunderstorm to go by, and then they brought on Claire Lynch and her band.

The main stage, with interpreter.

The main stage, with interpreter.

The season drew to a close with the 61st annual Florida Folk Festival– the biggest and the longest running festival of them all. It was hot, as usual, up in White Springs, but always fun– thanks in large part to all the amazing volunteers as well as the rangers who come from all over to help manage this huge event. We had a great crowd for every set, but we were especially thrilled by the crowd that was there for our set on the main stage. We were honored to be “featured performers” this year, with a set on the main stage Saturday night (although we also really enjoy the smaller stages as well). It was definitely a fun and interesting experience to see our music interpreted in sign language at the side of the stage.

Passerine, joined by Danny Goddard on mandolin.

Passerine, joined by Danny Goddard on mandolin.

We were honored to have Danny Goddard (of the New 76ers) join us on mandolin on the “Song & Story” stage on Sunday.

Photos thanks to Gail Carson!

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