Monday, 17 July 2017

MusicFest 2017 ends with another great day of music

By Keith and Heather Nicol
We like the smaller venues like the Grassy Knoll- Maria Dunn
     Courtenay's Vancouver Island MusicFest came to a close on Sunday, July 16 and we wished we could have cloned ourselves to be in several places at once. We were constantly torn about which venue to head to. It started with a great opening on the main concert bowl with an amazing Gospel – Spiritual set with a group of fine musicians joining forces. Then it was off to the Grassy Bowl to catch our one of our favourite bands of the day – 3Tir. We love Celtic music and these guys put on a memorable show. Then Maria Dunn came on stage with her music with a social conscience.  She and her group were another special find. 
The "Remembering Chuck Berry" session included many of his best known songs
       Back to main concert bowl to hear another group jam titled “Remembering Chuck Berry”. This energetic set got the crowd up and dancing. At 2:15 it was off to the another group session called “Voices from the Blood and the Mud” which also featured lots of dancing music. We then took a break but returned to hear another Celtic group called Tillers Folly in the Barn. Although they are from the west coast they did play “Sonny’s Dream”- one of our favourite songs from Newfoundland legend Ron Hynes.
The crowd at Sunday's Main Concert Bowl event
It was Estonian Eev Talsi's first visit to Canada
     We finished the day at the Concert Bowl where we heard a mix of music ranging from the award  
winning Curly Strings from Estonia. They were followed by the Bare Naked Ladies who had the huge crowd up and singing along. The night ended with another one of our new favourite Celtic bands- Enter the Haggis which put on an energetic finish to the day. Congrats to all who put on an amazing 3 days of music. If you missed this year's event, we won't rub it in. Just get your tickets early for next year. For more info:

The Bare Naked Ladies were another headliner group

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