[First filed: April 01, 2009 @ 08:49]
The National Folk Festival (Running at EPIC from 9-13 April) wants to hear about people’s traditions. Which means this is your chance to talk about yourself! (Everyone’s favourite topic)
Some of the sort of stuff they’d like to hear about include (but are not limited to):
- •Does your family have a tradition of music, playing together or joining in song to celebrate important occasions?
• Do you still make a favourite treat according to Grandma’s ‘secret’ recipe?
• Did you learn the skills of the family business from your parents, or have you taken up their interest in collecting or in a particular hobby?
• Do you have a secret passion for writing poetry, painting or photography – with only your family and closest friends aware of your hidden talent?
• Are your birthdays, Christmases and New Year’s Eves marked with a quirky tradition that’s unique to your family or your culture?
So, blaze away in the comments. The most interesting commenter will win a double pass to the Festival. (Make sure you note in the comment if you’d like to be eligible, competition closes COB Friday 3 April)
Photo by Lushpup Images.
UPDATE: To save trouble I farmed the task of selecting a winner back to the Folk Festival’s media office who came back with this judgment:
- Very impressed by Mickle’s craft tradition and Thumper’s Anzac tradition… it’s tough to go past bloodnut’s Canberra-to-coast commentary… and I almost feel like I miss deezagood’s Aunty Martha as well…
But I think the prize has to go to Sunbeam for the double-barrelled effort of song lyrics and the salad tradition…
Here’s Sunbeam’s effort for the benefit of the front page brigade:
Free tickets to the folkie?
I’ll be in that, for sure…
In fact, I’ve even written a song about my family’s Christmas-time traditions! here are some sections from it…
Buying a tree from the rspca
Sharing a picnic down by the lake
Watching a slow moving high front on its way
Presents to give and fruitcake
Making excited phone calls overseas
Watching the cricket eating cherries
Having a snooze dreaming of a cool breeze
Driving for days and days to be with family
Laying a wreath at your grave
Making a salad in your name
Bagpipes and the Edinburgh Tattoo
Last minute shopping – anything will do – as long as it’s shiny and new…
…and just to explain the “salad in your name” line – which is also the title of the song: my mum always makes a salad at Christmas that is/was the favourite salad of a relative who can’t be with us or who has passed away. It’s a touching and delicious way of remembering loved ones.
Sunbeam has expressed a great deal of delight at having had one over bloodnut.