After a (long) intermission they started with the storytellers. Victoria Burnett had us up on our feet singing for the BBC. Kevin Kling taught us to speak Minnesotan. Motoko told the story of a bride in Japan with strange powers. Bill Harley wrapped it all up with a song about saying goodbye when your children leave home. By this time the wind was picking up, so we left just in time. We had a great evening; I hope we can go again next year.
The vaults are insufferably damp.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival
Cindy and I went to the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival last night. Hard to believe this is their 19th year. Anyway, we had a great time. It was hot when we got there, but it cooled off after a while. The show started with the Stormy Mountain Boys. They were good, but the sound system wasn't working for them. For most of their set you just couldn't hear the banjo. Since I play the banjo this was really disappointing. The guy on the dobro was awesome, as was the bass fiddle player. One of the last songs they played was a bluegrass adaptation of a Mongolian folk song. They said it was in G minor, a hard key for the mandolin. It sounded great, but again the banjo wasn't coming through.