National Folk Festival
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 🙂