South­ern Fried Fes­ti­val serves a lit­tle maple sugar to fin­ish off

PERTH: North Star gig cel­e­brates 150th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of Canada

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - Jamie buchan

A wild cel­e­bra­tion of Cana­dian mu­sic brought the cur­tain down on an­other siz­zling South­ern Fried Fes­ti­val in Perth.

The North Star show, fea­tur­ing Del Amitri star Justin Cur­rie, was one of the many high­lights at this week­end’s ex­trav­a­ganza of roots mu­sic and Amer­i­cana.

Now in its 10th year, the fes­ti­val has gone from strength to strength and at­tracts thou­sands of mu­sic fans from across the coun­try.

A packed line-up of up-and-com­ing bands and a bar­be­cue serv­ing au­then­tic south­ern soul food drew crowds to an out­door stage at Perth Con­cert Hall through­out the week­end.

Se­cu­rity was vis­i­bly stepped up this year, fol­low­ing ter­ror at­tacks on crowds in Lon­don. Con­crete bar­ri­cades were put in place to pro­tect au­di­ences out­side the con­cert hall.

The fes­ti­val kicked off on Thurs­day night with a trib­ute to late rock icon Chuck Berry.

Pre­vi­ously, South­ern Fried has ded­i­cated nights to, among oth­ers, Johnny Cash, Dolly Par­ton and Elvis.

On Fri­day night, fes­ti­val favourite Nick Lowe head­lined with a well­re­ceived solo gig.

The singer has been per­form­ing for more than four decades and has put out 28 al­bums of roots mu­sic, coun­try, blue­grass, rhythm and blues and rock.

Along the way he has worked with Elvis Costello, Solomon Burke, Lucinda Williams and John Oates.

Nick’s set fea­tured some old favourites, as well as new ma­te­rial.

He closed the show with a cover of Costello’s Ali­son.

Sat­ur­day night was head­lined by veteran singer Loudon Wain­wright III, who will soon cel­e­brate the 50th an­niver­sary of his first al­bum.

Since his 1972 break­through hit Dead Skunk, he has had his songs recorded by Johnny Cash, Bon­nie Raitt and his son Ru­fus.

He was sup­ported by Rod­ney Crow­ell, who counts Bob Seger and Keith Ur­ban among his fans.

The third and fi­nal night of the show was brought to a close with a starstud­ded con­cert to cel­e­brate the 150th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of Canada.

Some of Scot­land’s finest singers and mu­si­cians teamed up with Cana­dian artists for the North Star gig.

Cur­rie was joined by Cen­tral Belt song­writ­ers Karine Pol­wart and James Grant.

Spe­cial guests from across the pond in­cluded Cyndi Cain and Joey Lan­dreth, with a house band led by gui­tar mae­stro Stu­art Nis­bet.

The out­door stage fea­tured, to name but a few, True Gents, Wang Dang Delta and Red Pine Tim­ber Co.

One of the bands per­form­ing on stage.

Clock­wise from top: fes­ti­val-go­ers say cheers, Hugh Gibb, from Perth, gets the drinks in, and the Cameron fam­ily en­joy a dance.

The De­tours in ac­tion.

Justin Cur­rie.

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