august 31, 2014 found us at the shelter valley folk festival. we’d never heard of it before, despite it being fairly close to where i grew up. but we saw a poster, decided to go just for sunday for an end of summer adventure. it was one of those times when, as parents, Stephen and I were able to declare as we got in the car at the end ‘we did a Good Thing.’ but man these Good Things we do for our kids (like zoo trips etc) are exhausting!!!!!
the cool thing was that, on the sunday morning, one of our favourite singer/song writers was taking part in a ‘workshop.’ his name is Danny Michel, a canadian from kitchener-waterloo. isaiah has also loved him since he was about 3, and danny even said hi to him! (though isaiah wouldn’t shake his hand, so i don’t think danny knew what to do with him:)) and because one of the things isaiah wants to be when he grows up is a musician, it was cool for him to see danny setting up his guitar, tuning, sound checking, and performing in real life.
if you’ve never heard of danny michel, isaiah’s favourites are tennessee tobacco and wish willy. but there are so many good songs i’d suggest you just start with this page of videos from his website.
the other delight of the festival was discovering some new musicians. our favourite was a really amazing….ukelele player! not what i was expecting, but i love him. check out james hill, and his cellist wife, anne janelle: