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Sights and sounds from the Folk Festival

By johnboy - 14 April 2009 47

[First filed: April 11, 2009 @ 11:33]

A crack team of rioters cycled down to the Folk Festival yesterday [Friday] and even managed to cycle back home after many pints of cider without injury.

If you’ve been previously unaware of the Festival’s charms then here are some thoughts on it.

1) Yes, it isn’t cheap. $85 for a day pass. But on the other hand there’s a lot going on. There are a dizzying number of stages. Performances are starting all the time, and then there’s all the other activities and excitements. To say nothing of small groups simply coming together in open spaces and playing music all through the days and nights.

2) There are a lot of people wearing purple.

3) You may have no interest in morris dancing. But isn’t it nice to see people taking so much joy from such innocent fun?

4) It’s still going on out at EPIC for the rest of the long weekend. If you’ve got the time and the money but have never been I recommend it.

Still photography slideshow below.

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Sights and sounds from the Folk Festival
Deadmandrinking 10:12 pm 11 Apr 09

vg said :

and yes, YOU started it. I was being quite nice

Uh, no, I was simply saying that the Folkies was a nice place attended by not just bearded hippees. How that got into an argument is beyond understanding.

Let’s not keep this going, hey.

vg 9:31 pm 11 Apr 09

and yes, YOU started it. I was being quite nice

vg 9:31 pm 11 Apr 09

Did I cast aspertions on bearded pony-tailed men other than to say I’d never seen so many in the one place? I also commented on the pleasantry of all in attendance

Don’t try to make something out of nothing. You’ll look like a tool……..hang on, too late

Deadmandrinking 8:20 pm 11 Apr 09

Felix the Cat said :

Deadmandrinking said :

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Is everyone with a beard and a pony-tail the same?

Are all cops the same?

God I hope not.

Felix the Cat 8:07 pm 11 Apr 09

Deadmandrinking said :

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Is everyone with a beard and a pony-tail the same?

Are all cops the same?

Deadmandrinking 8:01 pm 11 Apr 09

Yeah, I misread that bit at first.

But I fail to understand what’s wrong with bearded, pony-tailed types.

Is everyone with a beard and a pony-tail the same?

Deckard 7:53 pm 11 Apr 09

I think DMD, that vg did say that you’d struggle to find a more pleasant group of people – even with the bearded hippies.

Deadmandrinking 7:36 pm 11 Apr 09

vg said :

“Come on VG, my aunts and uncles all go, and they’re your stock pube middle-class types. If you appreciate culture and interesting food, you’d find it a welcoming place.”

You’re assuming I haven’t gone

Well you were assuming the place was full of bearded, pony-tailed hippees.

vg 7:34 pm 11 Apr 09

“Come on VG, my aunts and uncles all go, and they’re your stock pube middle-class types. If you appreciate culture and interesting food, you’d find it a welcoming place.”

You’re assuming I haven’t gone

Special G 7:28 pm 11 Apr 09

DMD – the bloke you are talking about was there on Friday telling his stories.

On a slightly differnent note $85 to get in is a bit rich.

Steady Eddie 4:30 pm 11 Apr 09

vg said :

I have no doubt there is and, while the beardies may be among them, a more pleasant bunch of people you would struggle to find

Yes, well apart from people being attacked in the toilets they are all wonderful!

Deadmandrinking 4:24 pm 11 Apr 09

Come on VG, my aunts and uncles all go, and they’re your stock pube middle-class types. If you appreciate culture and interesting food, you’d find it a welcoming place.

Also, if you appreciate getting mindlessly sloshed it’s a very welcoming place. I wish I was going this year, if only for the free beer at the poetry thing. It’s an…experience having old bastards rant weird sh-t at you when you’re blotto.

Speaking of strange old bards, does anyone know the story behind the aboriginal story-teller that rocks up with a duffel bag and a bushman’s hat and starts reciting old stories on the corner of the road just inside the park? I was convinced his stories were ‘awesome’, but I suspect my brain wasn’t on planet earth when it made that decision. Soberly, I’m just intrigued about where he’s from and what his story is. I’ve seen him in civic as well doing the same thing at times around the folkies.

vg 2:59 pm 11 Apr 09

I have no doubt there is and, while the beardies may be among them, a more pleasant bunch of people you would struggle to find

johnboy 2:53 pm 11 Apr 09

Something for everyone VG, even the beardies.

vg 1:32 pm 11 Apr 09

O don’t think I’ve ever seen so many men gathered in the one place with a beard, ponytail and hat. Is that the NFF uniform?

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