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Charlie Baum Princeton BC Traditional Music Fest 20-22 Aug 2010 (38) RE: Princeton BC Traditional Music Fest 20-22 Aug 2010 23 Aug 10

It was a great little festival in Princeton. The festival seems to integrate itself into the town like the West Virginia Folk Festival at Glenville. The performers have a much bigger breadth than that, and the informality reminds me of NOMAD, NEFFA, or the FSGW MidWinterFest. The weather on Sunday afternoon was mostly cloudy, cold (low 50s F), low humidity, and windy--and as one who deals with Summer in Washington, DC, it was refreshing to be cold in August. Sort of like the inverse of the cremation of Sam McGee.

The music was incredible. The Orchestar Slivovica led everyone through a processional of the town at the conclusion of the festival. It was amazing to me to find out how many people are singing the songs of my neighbor Janie Meneely. Lisa Null performed brilliantly as usual. Ed Peekeekoot is an amazing guitarist. A lot of the fun for me was meeting folksingers from Western Canada and the Pacific NorthWest who I wouldn't have known about otherwise--folks like Paddy Tutty, Chris Roe, David Lowther, the Rabbleberries, Sue Averill, and Larry Saidman--and getting to know them both as performers and as people. And it was great to have a chance to reconnect with Jon Bartlett and Rika Ruebsaat, and spend some time with them on their home turf (quite literally).

It's definitely a festival I'd recommend to anyone--intimate in size but with great music and socializing. Now if only it weren't so damn far from my home...

--Charlie Baum

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