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National Folk Festival

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Chris StoutI heard a lot about it and it was my very first time to take part in it… and I volunteered, danced, played music, saw a lot of concerts and made new friends.

To volunteer at NFF was a good way to participate. It was certainly fun and at the same time exhausting. Sometimes I started working at 8am (and there was no bus in early morning, so I walked nearly 10 km to get there in time!) and Irish jam sessions went on until the next morning. However, as I worked as a volunteer, I met wonderful folks from all over Australia whom I wouldn’t meet otherwise.

What made my festival experience special was too meet people at volunteer work and having a session with Chris Stout (yes, the guy in the photo), a great fiddler from Shetland. I saw Chris at a concert in Tokyo when he was performing together with my favourite Danish group Haugaard & Høirup. I was fascinated by Chris’s accurate, sensitive and beautiful music. This time at the gigs and the session, he showed wild and passionate side – it was as if his Shetland blood was driving his music. I also feel the same for Martin Hayes who seems to be driven by his Irish blood… or it may be simply my imagination. They talk with similar accent… that’s kinda cute🙂

Written by chiekot

March 25, 2008 at 6:51 pm

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  1. Hey there, yeah glad you enjoyed the NFF…was planning to go over the ditch this year but haven’t been able to. Maybe will catch it next year…or the next one after.

    Chinese Fighting Muffin

    April 11, 2008 at 2:15 pm


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