Quite a bit of the last week we have been busy in one way or another with the Cygnet Folk Festival, which takes over the main street and many of the buildings/cafes and shops of Cygnet. I volunteered for the festival, while hubby did volunteer work for our school’s main fundraising event, cooking and serving up curries during the festival.
Here’s me in my special Volunteer tee-shirt heading off to my first session which was meant to be registering performers, but turned into more of an envelope and program-stuffing session.
The main street getting ready for festive happenings – note the lovely old Bank to the left, now the new home of the gorgeous Cygneture Chocolates as well as one of our favourite places to socialise.
The truck stage in the centre of town where I did a bit of MC-ing.
Happily I got most of my volunteering stints out of the way before the program started so I did get to see a fair bit of music, as well as the usual time spent in the kids tent seeing music and making stuff. Julia now has another favourite new band featuring a member of the Wise family – The Stray Hens. We attended a singing workshop they ran, and managed to catch one of their gigs – they were fabulous!
The wonderful Old Bank venue where we retired a number of times mid-festival for a glass of wine, and to finish off the festival in style with the fringe cabaret.
A most enjoyable festival – as usual I saw way less music than I had hoped, but was chuffed to have caught a number of acts for the first time – highlights included Afenginn (the insanity! the dancing!); The Formidable Vegetable Sound System (musical permaculture – I kid you not!); and Sam McMahon (amazing young guitarist). I’m looking forward to next year already!