Carbonear folk fest 'best yet'

Nicholas Mercer
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Coming off stage after a strong set produces a high second to none for any musician.

 

Justin Bowman belts out a tune at the fifth annual Celtic Roots Folk Festival at the Knights of Columbus in Carbonear on July 12. Bowman is one of the organizers of the event and called this years rendition "one of the best yet."

Ask Carbonear’s Justin Bowman what it felt like after his performance at the fourth annual Celtic Roots Folk Festival in Carbonear on July 12 and he’ll tell you the same thing.

“It’s a really good feeling,” he said.

Bowman said performing produces a euphoric feeling that is second to none. It is roughly three days after the festival finished this year’s run, and he says he is still feeling it.

Playing with his father Bill, aunt Elaine Oates and cousin Charlene Sudbrink, as well as Justin Gear for one tune, the group kicked off the festival.

It featured 15 acts and went into the early morning hours of Sunday, July 13.

“It went really great,” noted Bowman.

The 27-year-old wore two hats on festival day. Not only was he a performer, Bowman is one of the organizers of the event, along with Gear.

Folk festivals, like Celtic Roots, tend to get better with each showing. As artists and the community become more accustomed to the festival, traffic starts to increase.

Bowman said he has heard “a lot of compliments” since Celtic Roots clued up for this year.

 “It was arguably the best yet,” he said.

Every year the Celtic Roots festival is held indoors at the Knights of Columbus in Carbonear.

It creates an intimate connection between the audience and the musicians. It also does something else that separates it from its competition.

This intimacy places the focus solely on the music and what is happening on stage.  Other festivals will place a focus on consuming adult beverages, with the music being in the background.

“The music is out in the forefront,” said Bowman, referring to his festival’s focus.

For complete coverage, see a future print edition of The Compass.

nmercer@cbncompass.ca

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