Friday night

The Hamilton Spectator - - GO - GRA­HAM ROCK­ING­HAM

FRIDAY NIGHT IS PURE coun­try. Satur­day will ap­peal more to roots rock­ers, and Sun­day has a strong al­ter­na­tive/indie rock flavour.

Af­ter a six-year stint at the An­caster Fair­grounds, the 42nd an­nual Fes­ti­val of Friends makes its way back to its orig­i­nal home in Gage Park this Friday through Sun­day, with 27 mu­si­cal acts per­form­ing on two stages.

While some Fes­ti­val of Friends fans may have been hop­ing for a nos­tal­gic re­turn to the acous­tic folkie days of the ’70s and ’80s, this year’s lineup is heavy on rock and coun­try.

Here’s a thumb­nail guide to this year’s lineup.


EN­TER­TAIN­MENT doesn’t get un­der­way un­til 4 p.m. and will be lim­ited to the main stage, which will be lo­cated for the first time in front of the foun­tain fac­ing the es­carp­ment, partly to avoid the con­struc­tion around the Gage Park green­houses.

The big draw is head­liner Terri Clark (9 p.m.), the Medicine Hat, Alta., singer who scored a string of No. 1 hits in the ’90s and early 2000s, in­clud­ing “Girls Lie Too” and “You’re Easy on the Eyes.”

Coun­try fans should also be sure to catch up-and-com­ing artists The Abrams (7:30 p.m.), re­cently signed by Warner Canada. Broth­ers John and James Abrams are tal­ented blue­grass play­ers who are mak­ing a tran­si­tion to a more main­stream sound with up­beat melodies and pop-ori­ented har­monies. Early­birds should be sure to take in The Red­hill Val­leys (5 p.m.), a Hamil­ton coun­try­folk trio that would sound great on any stage in the coun­try.


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