Friday, 7 March 2008

Port Fairy folkie - Day 1

It's lovely to be back at the Port Fairy folk festival after a year off. Tonight was the first night, and we went to the Tim Wheelan welcome concert, featuring:

Kate Burke and Ruth Hazelton -- favourites of ours for a few years now. They are two young Aus women with guitars and sublime vocal harmonies. Many of the songs are Australian traditional songs, although tonight they sang a different range, including one penned by Kate that was inspired by Brokeback Mountain, plus a rendition of the Dylan song, "Boots of Spanish leather".

Alesa Lajana -- We hadn't heard of her before. She turned out to be a guitar virtuoso, with more instrumental tracks than songs. Normally this would disappoint me, but I actually loved the instrumental tracks. On the last two songs, she added her viola-playing fiance from Fourplay. Her stage craft reflected her inexperience at performing, but I surprised myself and bought her CD.

Bob Fox -- A veteran of the folkie stage, Bob Fox is from England and has a really deep, velvet, haunting voice. I first saw him a few years ago, and bought one of his CDs back then. Many of the songs he played tonight I had already heard, but it was a great set nonetheless.

Tonight was in St Pat's hall. Tomorrow we get geared up for "poffles" (poffertjes) at the main folkie venue.


  1. Poffles! Is that what poffertjes are called in Port Fairy? I can already see my Dutch friends shuddering at the thought :)

    Enjoy the rest of the festival...and the poffertjes!

  2. No, that's our name for them only, because we can't pronounce it properly!

  3. Mmm, love poffertjes. I bought a pan last year... Mmm.