Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Recording: Shotgun Jimmie

Artist: Shotgun Jimmie

Songs: Constantine Believer* + Too Many Flowers

Recorded at Christie Pits Park ("Bloor Ossington Folk Festival"), September 21, 2014.

Shotgun Jimmie - Constantine Believer

Shotgun Jimmie - Too Many Flowers

Once again, the Bloor Ossington Folk Festival stayed true to its roots as a low-key and local celebration. By enfolding itself into the contours of Christie Pits, BOFF still feels casual and approachable, even with some heavy hitters in its lineup. As so often happens at outdoor events, weather forced organizers to make some adjustments on the fly, but even having to move the headliners into the beer tent served to reinforce the intimate vibes. There's room to grow, but overall the organizers are getting things right.

"I don't believe in many things / but I believe in The Constantines," sang Jim Kilpatrick in one of a couple new songs sprinkled into his set. Not only were a couple members of the band in the crowd, but Steve Lambke had already reciprocated the admiration not long before, covering Kilpatrick with Will Kidman during their workshop set. Moved to the beer tent as the skies quickly darkened with a gathering storm, this felt completely joyful and casual — a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

* Thanks to Jimmie for passing the title to this one along!

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