Dear folks. Free and unfree ones. There is this festival. It´s set on the tiny isle where I live. It happened for the 7.time this year.
There was 120 tickets available for sale. Yes, that is the correct number. One hundred and twenty. They were sold out before the programme was ready! Before the acts were in place and announced, people hastened to get hold of tickets. That´s pretty special. Why like this?! One might wonder. And so I asked the man who has created this event, and here´s what he has to say about why:
(It may sound like 19 minutes is a long interview, but I simply left it unedited because I think the conversations flows so naturally and there is nothing said that isn´t interesting and relevant. So. Enjoy).
So the festival started out as a gathering of friends who played music. And has grown each year. The whole event is one backstage area. The musicians, the volunteers and the audience all hang out together, stand in the buffet queue together, camp in tents… No hotel, no vip zone, no distance between the festival participants.
It creates such a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. I´ve been to a few festivals in my life, but this one has a tremendous feel to it, unlike anything else I have experienced.
Well. Listen to the interview for more in depth descriptions on this score. Rasmus puts it so well that it´s hard to describe it in written words after hearing him explain it.
Let me share with you the gig-vids I have managed to edit so far. (I will make some more video from the festival, but I´ve just been so busy the last few weeks, as I described in my blog post from yesterday, Autumn routine is upon us! )
Here is a young Finnish woman. I tell you, hers will be a world famous name! That´s one of Rasmus´ talents; finding great quality artists. This woman uses her voice only. Studying traditional Scandinavian singing… She totally blew my mind. Catch this:
(If the opening song feels too intense for you, skip forward, her set is diverse and exciting, her use of the voice is truely unique, yeah I will actually call it horizon-widening)!
Another one of my favourite concerts, was Arlt, from France. A couple, I believe they must be, at least there seems to be a really good chemistry between the two of them. I don´t understand French, so I don´t get the lyrics, which for me often stands for at least 50% of the meaning of a musical experience. But these people, with their melodies, rhythms and energy, just… filled me with joy! Catch:
If the video stops as you play it, it may because of the speed of streaming in your local system. I film with a new phone, and I have tried to upload to youtube in a smaller format but it made it grainy, so I stick to the HD.
I hope the artists approve of my editing. I see the editing programme as my creative instrument. Choosing elements, combining them in the right bite sizes and order… I love this activity.
I play the piano myself (had 6 years´ training with a teacher as a kid), and I play hand drums, and love to sing and to dance. Music is to me… on the top 5 list of most imortant things in life. Maybe even top 3. (“There´s also food and sex, but… yeah maybe top 3”, me and a female musician agreed, out in the beduin tent during the festival…)
Here I should paste a video from the tent, but I haven´t edited that one yet. Let me find a still for you, it´s such a beautiful tent:
I took these pictures Sunday afternoon, as the festival was ending. The guy on the ladder is Fanø´s own (very) sound guy Frode, and as well as steering sound he also owns this tent. Proud to say he´s a friend of mine, and he plays small informal gigs with my husband from time to time. Oh, and the woman who agreed with me about music being on the top 3 list of greatest things in life, she´s sitting right there, next to David! They were passing a ukulele around, singing… such a beautiful shared timebubble shared there. I felt so lucky being part of it.
Many times during the festival, I just felt so moved. Tearful, choking up. But not sad, just moved. To be part of this…group of strangers who treated eachother like friends… Year after year, the same volunteers come back, and some of the musicians come back, familiar faces though I know we don´t actually know eachother…but then again somehow we do, we know that we love this way of being relaxed and open together, and that´s plenty enough known, for all of us sending eachother wide smiles from the heart…
Hard to describe the undescribable. Huh. 🙂
Anyways. Me and my words.
Moving swiftly on:
THIS is an exciting Danish act; ML Buch:
And so is this; Kloster:
Every time I go to the Freefolk festival, I discover something completely new and different. Like Rasmus said. It is so refreshing and inspiring! Some of the acts are too “noisy” or “weird” for me, but I still enjoy the experience of discovering them, to know that such music exists, and obviously is appreciated immensely by other festival guests, so my taste is not… something to define quality or popularity by… just another person´s personal experience… 🙂
This was the biggest name in the programme this year, I dare say.
Sadly, I went outside during sound check, coz they asked us to. By the time I was to go back inside, it was so crowded I simply couldn´t film!
So I caught a glimpse through a window, just… But a nice glimpse it surely is. I will check out her music more, no doubt about that.
The guy playing together with Josephine there, gave a solo concert earlier that day:
Rarely have I seen a guitar played that… mezmerizingly… I totally dig what he does….drumming on the guitar while he plays it… And the…his voice…what can I say… “clean…pure…”?
I had to stop myself from crying when he sang! His voice went straight to my heart or soul or. Essence. And again, I do not understand Spanish! So it´s not the words. It´s his voice.
I told him so too, whilst we were in the bar queue.
Sadly I was too slow to buy one of his albums, they were sold out in a couple of minutes after he finished playing! I wanted to give it to my husband, who also plays the guitar. Luckily I found Victor on Youtube, so I could show my husband that…
Oh. And then there was THIS guy. My Goodness. What a… wow. Just.
Him, Rowan, and Michael from Kloster, also gave an acoustic set Sunday night, at Fajancen; a small local restaurant in the village where the festival takes place. Very cheap tickets. Giving the locals a chance to get a taste of what goes on at the festival…. I haven´t edited those recordings yet… hopefully I can make a good piece out of that concert as well.
The festival went on in Sønderho Forsamlingshus (community centre), and also in Sønderho Church! Here is one of the concerts I filmed there. In one piece, unedited, as i just couldn´t put the camera down! I love church organs… This is experimental. I find it very interesting.
I will try to make a compilation of shorter pieces, from the gigs that I didn´t manage to film in full, or from a satisfying angle. There are also a couple of acts that I just didn´t see at all. At one point Saturday evening, I actually had to go for a long walk and Get Away from Sound! I was so…filled to the brim, couldn´t take one more note in…! Sat down on the grass, leaning my back against the wall of one of those quaint little village houses there, for a while… turning my attention towards listening to my own breathing! … Yes one CAN get some, satisfaction. There IS a point of Enough. Cup floweth over. 🙂
Anyways. I think this is the last of the ready edited and uploaded videos I have made… I soooo want that loop thingy Sophie´s got there!
Hmmmm…. it hasn´t been uploaded, I was sure I had done that. And now it seems Youtube´s got some trouble uploading it, seems to have stopped half way through the process.
Well. I think I will just let that un-watchable video of no video, be a cliffhanger, then, and share it in a part two post about the seventh FreeFolkFestival.
This post is already rather lengthy, and I will have to make a part two anyways, to make use of the rest of my recordings.
So. Bare with me!
I´ll be back, like that famous Austrian once said.
Hasta la vista, baby!