It was a terrific festival the first weekend in November, despite the cold winds that kept the temps low on Saturday. We started out simply volunteering, but as the days passed and the event drew nearer, a few performance slots opened up as acts had to cancel or otherwise alter their commitments.
By the time the weeked arrived, I had an afternoon slot on Saturday on the Sugar Cane stage and a Sunday morning on the Family stage. This was in addition to my emcee obligations Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon on the Depot stage (the only stage with sound reinforcement).
Here I am, wearing “texting gloves” during that frigid Saturday set. There was a fierce wind gusting from behind me from stage left to right. I was quite hoarse after the set as I was practically shouting so people could hear me. The wind took most of the sound diagonally so that anyone seated in the first two or three rows on the right could hear me fine. Everyone else had to lean forward to do so.
At one point, the wind nearly blew my hat off my head!
I dressed more warmly on Sunday, and played the very first set of the morning at the Family stage in front of the Schoolhouse. While turnout was good for the festival both days, at 10:00AM on Sunday morning, the audience for most of my set was my wife, Carole. A few folks paused as they passed by and listened for a while before moving on.
Finally, during the penultimate song, a few couples sat down, there for the next act, no doubt, and seemed to enjoy my closing song, John Stewart’s “July, You’re A Woman”.
It’s was definitely worthwhile and I am grateful for the opportunity. Doing the emcee work was a hoot and I enjoyed it a lot, too. I don’t get many chances to channel my inner Don Pardo/Gary Owens/Thurl Ravenscroft and it is fun when I get to do so.
I have received another opportunity to perform as the opening act at the Central Florida Folk monthly house concert at Villa ConRoy in the College Park neighborhood in Orlando! I will be performing there the end of March 2015.