Hi there. It´s 02 am & I just woke up after 3 hours´ sleep. Rather peculiar, since I returned from the Fanø Free Folk Festival earlier this eve, where I´ve stayed in a tent all weekend and I slept not quite enough hours. (Understatement. Friday I went to bed 06.30 in the Saturday morning, and woke up in the hot sunshiny tent 09.30…)!
But ok. I can sleep more later, I feel very awake now. Energized by the weekend. I enjoy typing away in the quiet of the night, and it is a big satisfaction for me to finally get the Friday compilation loaded up to youtube, as I´ve been working at it since noon! Had all kinds of technical problems. Won´t bore you with that.
It has been yet another simply fantastically wonderful Freefolk Festival. I don´t know which swear words to use, really, to give that sentence power. The amazing line-up of talent. The atmosphere at the concerts, where the audience really are there to LISTEN even when it becomes late in the evening. The 120 tickets that are sold out every year BEFORE the programme is ready! Coz we all know it´s gonna be great artists, and a lot of the same happy faces that have been there all the 9 years this has been going on… I have written about the festival before, this is my third year to be there as a video blogger, but I´ve been at the festival, I think all the years but once.
Check out the posts from earlier in my blog category here, called “Fanoe my home island”. This is the 5.time I write about it. Of course there are also videos on my youtube channel, both compilations and longer films of single acts.
This year I have tried something new, I´ve edited video during the festival. Was allowed to use a local friend´s house as a safe laptop keeping base. Hence I could edit a couple of hours here and there, when I needed a break from the music. Because I do need breaks. It is really intense listening, all this experimental folk, electronica… loop pedals, synths, percussion, drones… artists who use their voice in unusual ways… who mix genres… Fantastically interesting.
And intense. I love intense. But my nervous system needs a breather in the programme, I´ve noticed. And I have talked to a couple of my fellow local-citizen festival guests this weekend, and I´ve come to realize they feel the same way. They too walk away from site to catch their breath for a minute here and there. 🙂 I don´t say this as a criticism, more as a compliment, really. It is not just any kind of easy listening populistic fun fair, this festival. It is for people who enjoy being challenged, to hear something never heard before, to listen to ways of doing things that are not necessarily shaped to please the listener, but shaped to make an expressional effect important to the maker of the message/music…
Yeah, you catch my drift. I´m a huge, huge fan of this festival. I organize my Summers around the date where it takes place, making sure I´m home for it.
Well. About the video. I´m sticking to compilations this year. Because I´m hosting a family party with 50 guests in a week. I don´t have the time to sit and enjoy the editing process. I´m sorry about that. But ok, such is life. It is possible that I make longer films with just single acts in them. For example of the Irish fiddlers´ show in the church Friday. In the compilation from the Friday programme, I have picked just one of their songs, and it is not representative of their performance. I have picked the song because I recognize it, and I enjoy hearing it in this different version. And also it is way quicker for me to edit a set song than to go into deep listening to stretches of improvisations and building up of tapestry, musical thread by musical thread… (borrowed metaphor there, from the Irish gentleman´s own description of their work method)…
Same with the other artists. I have made fast decisions, and just present short appetizers from the programme. Two of the Friday concerts are not represented, as I didn´t see them. These acts are “EKKO & The Syrian Roots”, (DK/SY) and “Fru Skagerak”, (DK/NO/SE). My apologies to the artists. I´m only human. And I do my best, sincerely.
I have edited it “as short as I could”. But one clip I just could not shorten. So they got 9 minutes out of the 19. That´s a freedom I give myself as a blogger; to spend extra attention on the acts I love the most. But like I said, there are many of the acts that deserve longer films, by themselves, and maybe I get the time to do some of this after the summer holiday.
The reason for making compilations, for me, is really to make like a string of pearls where we get an impression of the programme as a whole. And hopefully also an impression of the lovely atmosphere in the room during the concerts. The listening audience, often lying down on the floor with eyes closed. Little children, and a dog or two. I feel so happy there.
I haven´t filmed from the tent or tables outside this year. I have done this in little glimpses in earlier compilations. I like to share in a personal way, but I don´t share what feels private. So although it is nice to see happy people partying, enjoying conversations and late night jam session or folk dancing on the festival site… it is kind of private, backstage, intimate moments.
I always try to present people so they look good. And if I´m in doubt as to whether they´d be ok with a clip of them becoming public, then I don´t use that clip. To me these are essential balances to keep. The respect for those whose images I catch in my fishing net / the camera. To treat people with care and integrity. Being trust worthy. That is a status we earn, through our actions.
I go to the task of video documentation with humbleness and gratitude. I know these are words seldom used in everyday language, but. Hey, this is my blog, I have my permission to express myself freely, experimenting with phrasing and openness any way I feel like … Like all my fellow, free flowing freaks … 🙂
Freak said in the most loving way. Weird is wonderful!If everyone would allow themselves to be authentic, unafraid to stand out and be different from peers, parents and co workers… well, then this world would simply be such a much better place! 🙂
Until this becomes a reality, I´m so lucky I have our festival to go to, this one weekend a year. Thank Goodness for this blissful oasis of friendliness, fun and so many freakily fantastic feelgood factors! (F.x. the amazing vegetarian buffets and the midnight snacks. I LOVE it)!
Here, hope you dig. The Friday programme compilation. Any comments are welcome, and if anyone portrayed in the clips want something edited out, don´t be afraid to contact me and say so. You find me on Facebook/messenger most easily, under my name, Lene Kaltwasser Henriksen.
Ciao for now, and I´ll be back with a compilation of the Saturday programme as soon as poss. I only filmed glimpses from 3 of the acts today (Sunday), but if the recordings look fine, I´ll include them in my Saturday compilation piece.