Dig­gin’ at Celtic Roots

The Compass - - OPINION - PHO­TOS AND TEXT BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

The rain that threat­ened to fall, and fell, could not de­ter the folks at the Celtic Roots Folk Fes­ti­val from hav­ing a time Satur­day, July 7 in Car­bon­ear. Held at the Knights of Colum­bus, the fes­ti­val was orig­i­nally sched­uled to be held out­doors, but soggy weather forced a move in­doors. The 15 acts did not let the change in venue dampen their spir­its, as each one went on stage look­ing to en­ter­tain the crowd with a vast ar­ray of Ir­ish and folk tunes. Car­bon­ear na­tive, and for­mer Cana­dian Idol con­tes­tant, Jenny Gear gave a stir­ring per­for­mance, high­lighted by a Leonard Co­hen cover. Justin Bow­man, one of the event or­ga­niz­ers, said he didn’t feel like much was lost by mov­ing the event in­doors, “The mu­sic was great and the au­di­ence was great. You just have to do the best with what you have.” Here are some pho­tos from the event.

Car­bon­ear na­tive Jenny Gear, ac­com­pa­nied by St. John’s gui­tarist Sandy Mor­ris, brought a bit of flavour to the Celtic Roots Folk Fes­ti­val, per­form­ing a jazz/blues in­flu­enced set.

Ernie Pynn (left) and Stu Par­sons of the band The Long Drung en­terain folks at the sec­ond an­nual Celtic Roots Folk Fes­ti­val.

Justin Bow­man (left) belts out a tune. He is ac­com­pa­nied by Al­lan Rick­etts

on the bouzouki.

The 2012 New­found­land and Labrador Sum­mer Games of­fi­cial mas­cots were in at­ten­dance at the fes­ti­val. Here, Zippy (left), Bolt and Peppy (right) dance up a storm.

Joanne Yet­man (cen­tre) sang three songs, ac­com­pa­nied by Jenny Gear.

Bill Bow­man picks his man­dolin dur­ing The Bow­man Fam­ily set.

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