When you’re at a festival that goes for six days and offers just about every kind of music you could think of, multiple stages with workshops covering politics, environment, body, mind, and spirit, dance and song, it just isn’t possible to see everything you’re interested in. I got a pretty good system going with my highlighter pen but you have to leave room for unexpected surprises too and keep your ear to the ground to hear what other people have been discovering.
It took me the first three days to really sink down through the layers and truly inhabit the state of consciousness that is the Woodford Folk Festival, I will do my best to convey something of what that means but in the end you probably need to come and have the experience for yourself to truly ‘get’ it. I saw it as all these different threads where each person takes the parts that they are drawn to and weaves their own unique and magical experience, letting your intuition guide you is a sure way of being in the flow and that’s how I found the impressive singer songwriter from Canada, Mo Kenney.
She is an androgynous figure, very quietly spoken but with a huge stage presence and a very dry sense of humour, since looking her up online I’ve discovered she is only 23 years old, makes her even more impressive! I’m sure I wasn’t anywhere as mature as that at the same age but then I can probably be safely classed as a late bloomer, better late than never I say! The first time I saw her she finished her set with a David Bowie song I hadn’t heard in years, “Five Years”, what a fantastic version of an awesome song, Bowie would love it I’m sure.
Here is the song in question as well as one of her own, hope you enjoy them as much as I did! “Five Years”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFAytrmxghs and “Sucker”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZfDKeYjct8