Travel on the shores and backroads of New Scotland, Canada
16.07.2009 - 19.07.2009 -18 °C
The Kempt Shore Martime Acoustic Music Festival
It is not technically a boondocking facility although the $10 per night camping fee with access to toilets and water and the amazingly talented lineup of acoustic performers would rank the Peterson Campground on the Kempt Shore of the Glooscap trail on the Bay of Fundy right up there as a standout attraction in the province every July.
The lineup this year included stellar performances from traditional Canadian musical backgrounds with the likes of Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard from BC, Ron Hines and JP Cormier, well known performers from Atlantic Canada. A number of younger performers from the area put on great shows for their followers and gathered new fans with new material. Coco Love Alcorn and her troop gave us eclectic mix of Betty Boop and Manhatten Transfer styles while the tender voices of Christina Martin and Norma MacDonald presented original new love ballads.
Gary Cook and Steven Bowers as well as Charlie A'Court from Truro put on a variety of old and new material with enthusiasm and a sincerity that only a small intimate venue like this Acoustic Festival can produce.
Valdy spent time in the crowd shaking hands and signing photographs, as he is seen above with Jadzia of the Annapolis Valley, and in spite of being on stage for 3 sets officially it was not unusual to see him and many of the other artists on stage as backup for other acts.
A variety of Blues and Folk kept the crowd humming as J.P. Cormier and Hilda Chaisson Cormier are seen below with Bill and Mike Elliot as well as the Hupman Brothers in a finger blurring jam that rocked on for 40 minutes.
Ron Hynes was true to his roots with a number of new tunes that reflected with intense emotion the affinity he has for his native Newfoundland. A new song "My Fathers' Ghost" was a particularly poignant tale of his own Fathers' passing nearly 40 years ago. He remains a remarkable story teller of Atlantic Canadian stories.
Thanks for all the outstanding performance, we look forward to seeing you all again next year. Put this festival on your touring list for good fun, value, and kinship.