Last C.B. Folk Festival ended on sour note
He who fails to pay the piper, can’t call the tune
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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