Willow 2019

Well, we’re home from another amazing cow pasture/hay wagon musical adventure. Had a great time, as always, with good friends, good food, and great music…

Wanted to share a few videos and photos from the Adventure…

Always a favorite, and Mike (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdMeXz5BCizOf6oQojlv43w )  tears it up, on harp…

 

Sweet Pea, is a fun tune… Part blues. Part ‘old timey’

 

One of my favorites…. Nat King Cole set a standard that can’t be touched, but, we touched the song….

 

 

We were lucky enough to play with the amazing ‘Tommy Gun’ (Tom Gowan) and the always percussionistic Dr Brad

 

Then, we did Losing My Religion, after ONE practice… Not too shabby…!!

 

 

A few assorted pix….  Again, good times….

 

 

Friends, Music, and Memories

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Two days in an empty cow pasture-almost empty, except for surprises left by the cows, and a chance to turn it into something special.

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600 of our closest musical, quirky, entertaining, interesting friends joined us there, for a chance to leave a lifetime impression on us all.
Camping in little caravans, tents, airstreams, motor homes, and the back of a station wagon.

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We wait anxiously until noon, on the dot, before we are allowed to enter. Then the ‘mad’ dash to stake your claim in your usual spot. We had 12 of us in our compound this year. Four tents, the aforementioned airstream, and motor home, along with 7-I think- easy ups for shade, too. We outdid ourselves this year. Almost 40 feet of camping and music paradise.
It’s like a Motel Six of jamming and conversations til past midnight. Quiet coffee and breakfast in the cool morning. Catching up on recent past, and planning the weekend, and the future.

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Jam, listen to the excellent musicians around us, and plan our set on the stage. Our big moment!

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More jamming back at Biltmore compound, and trying desperately to stay awake, so it won’t be Sunday when you get up, and have to disassemble the dream, and head back home, loaded with wonderful images locked away, and happily anticipating the reassembling of the gang again soon!

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Our Really Big Tent

Our journey to the annual Willow Folk Festival begins tomorrow, and in preparation we decided it would be a good idea last Sunday to set up our tent in the back yard.
The tent we’d been using the past couple of years was not our favorite, and when I found a tent on clearance last November we were more than happy to dispose of the old one at our spring yard sale.
Since this one was new we figured we better make sure it’s okay before we go.

I’m sure the reason this one was left over was because it was initially expensive and big. Did I mention big?
Tents can be like purses or shoes, it’s hard to find the exact right fit for the occasion.

Yes, you mostly just sleep in them, so what’s the big deal? Well if it rains you spend more time in them then you’d like, and this is a music festival, so we have our guitars to keep in there too, and you have to move around in them with all the stuff you bring.

Well this one is plenty big, really big. Like I never have seen a tent this big. It even has a door frame. And a porch/awning thing. It took us 15 minutes just to figure out how to put the rain flap on.
Like the Taj Mahal in nylon.

The guaranteed waterproof part will come in handy though. The forecast is not too good. Rain Friday, really hot on Saturday followed by really really hot on Sunday. Oh well, the past couple of years have been cold, so it all balances out.

Well, that’s what makes for an adventure, so stay tuned for photos and stories next week.