Last C.B. Folk Fes­ti­val ended on sour note

He who fails to pay the piper, can’t call the tune

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL MACEACHERN

When rain washed out the 2007 Con­cep­tion Bay Folk Fes­ti­val in Au­gust of that year, mu­si­cians went un­paid — and that has one prom­i­nent band con­sid­er­ing le­gal action.

Chris An­drews, co-founder of pop­u­lar St. John’s based band Shan­neyganock, told The Com­pass his band hadn’t se­cured a con­tract be­fore play­ing at the fes­ti­val, but didn’t imag­ine it would be a prob­lem as they’d dealt with fes­ti­val or­ga­nizer Phil Hur­ley of Carbonear be­fore, with no prob­lems what­so­ever. And de­spite the weather be­ing “ab­so­lutely hor­rific,” An­drews said,

“We’re easy to deal with, so easy to deal with. It takes a lot of push­ing to get us, you know, so an­gered. It just hurts that, af­ter all th­ese years of play­ing, all over the world, right in our back­door

we get stiffed.”

— Chris An­drews, Shan­neyganock

the band wanted to per­form for those peo­ple who braved the rain.

“ We didn’t want to pull out of the show, be­cause peo­ple had come out,” he said. “ We just went on good faith with this guy, we’d dealt with him for so long. All of a sud­den, poof, there it was: he never paid us... he talked to his lawyer, and we didn’t have a con­tract, so he doesn’t have to do any­thing for us.”

Hur­ley told The Com­pass the poor weather meant the fes­ti­val wasn’t able to pay its per­form­ers.

“ We got rained out and the money wasn’t avail­able,” he said. “ When you’re deal­ing with an out­door con­cert, in­sur­ance and ev­ery­thing was too much money. ...Ba­si­cally we got rained out and we just couldn’t get on.” Hur­ley said the fes­ti­val has been de­funct since the 2007 show.

An­drews said Hur­ley ap­proached them af­ter the show and of­fered them half the fee they’d agreed on, but the band re­jected it — “ When there were big, mas­sive crowds we were never of­fered more,” he pointed out. An­drews de­clined to spec­ify how much was agreed upon — Shan­neyganock com­mands a fee of sev­eral thou­sand for a show — but said they’d agreed to play for half what they nor­mally do be­cause of their long­stand­ing as­so­ci­a­tion with the folk fes­ti­val.

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