Sunday, 2 August 2015

Highlights of the Filberg Festival- Saturday, August 1

by Keith and Heather Nicol   
With a partially new line up including an old favourite Valdy, we decided to head down to the Filberg Festival again on Saturday, August 1. Filberg Park is a perfect venue with lots of shade trees and an ocean setting so despite the forecast of 29 C and sun we felt that we could easily keep cool while watching the performers. We started with Eric Harper on the Garden Stage (right by the ocean) and he played a good mix of guitar pieces  with a flamenco flavour. Next up was Valdy on the main Rotary Stage and it was standing room only for this well known folk singer. He sang lots of his newer material but also included some of the songs he is best known for like- “Rock and Roll Song” and “Passin’ Through”.  Valdy is well known as a fine song writer and he seems to be able to write about a song about just about anything. 
Valdy was certainly a crowd favourite  

      The last performance we saw was John Mann who is another great song writer. John Mann is the well known as the front man for the popular band Spirit of the West. He put on a powerful performance with songs about his recent medical issues as well as songs about his wife and daughter. Also a reminder that the money raised for from the Filberg Festival goes to restoring and improving Filberg Park and Lodge so come out and take in the great music and arts and crafts displays.  For more information on the Sunday , August 2 and Monday, August 3 line up of artists and performers at the Filberg Festival see:  
John Mann gave an energetic performance at the Filberg Festival

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