Click on each artist's name to be taken to their website, where you will find information about how to buy their music, when and where to see them perform live, and more fun stuff.
|Andrew Pressman and Raina Rose|
|Anthony da Costa|
Day one ended with a nice long set by Storyhill, followed by an even longer time of sitting by the campfire listening to the day's artists trade songs and stories. But more on that later. On to day two. (By the way, there's lots to do at the camp when the music stops - hiking, swimming, kayaking, all the usual Minnesota fun.)
|Andrew Pressman, Anthony da Costa, A.J. Roach, Raina Rose|
|Tom Murphy and Connor Garvey|
|Anthony da Costa and Grace Pettis|
There's something about campfires. You can just stare at the fire and get lost in it. I find that there's also something wonderful about the unamplified human voice. It's always my favorite moment of any concert if the artist puts the mic down to sing a song. So when you combine a campfire and the human voice, magic happens. The musicians gather around the large campfire, with festival attendees behind them (although the divide is blurred at this festival in general and at the campfire in particular). They take turns singing, usually something they've written but occasionally covers. Passing guitars and capos (a word I learned last year) around the circle, backing each other up on guitar, mandolin (Tom Murphy was another unscheduled attendee and can play along with anything), harmonica, or vocals. The night sky overhead was littered with stars that you never see in the city, and the call of the loons on the nearby lake mingled with the music. Magical. There's no better word to describe it.
I'll leave you with "The Storyhill Band" singing a Storyhill song, "Sacramento." Chris and Johnny are joined by Andrew on bass, Anthony on electric guitar, and the sirens Raina and Carrie on vocals. To see even more videos from Storyhill Fest, including a clip from the campfire, visit the Cherry and Spoon youtube channel. And if you don't have any plans for next Labor Day, consider attending Storyhill Fest 2012. It's not 100% for certain yet, but my fingers are crossed that they'll be back. And so will I. Steady on.