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soundtracking with Robert Szkolnicki: snapshots of summer

August 11, 2012

The calendar says something different but my ears tell me summer is over as there are no more outdoor music festivals around these parts. The Winnipeg scene starts with Electronic and Jazz festivals in June. Folk and Fringe in July. It all ends in Gimli on August long weekend.

Once again I did not get to everything I wanted to. What I did catch provided some great moments.

Bill Frisell and Junior Brown mix it up during the Gone Like A Train workshop at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival. Photo by Robert Szkolnicki. All rights reserved

Bill Frisell and Junior Brown mix it up during the Gone Like A Train workshop at the 2012 Winnipeg Folk Festival. Photo by Robert Szkolnicki. All rights reserved

The workshops are the best part of the Folk Festival. Bring a bunch of musicians together on one stage and let them loose. You get to see them real close and have fun.

Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman are Snowblink. They are on my radar and will have a new album in the fall.. Photo by Robert Szkolnicki. All rights reserved

Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman are Snowblink. They are on my radar and will have a new album in the fall. Photo by Robert Szkolnicki. All rights reserved. For more on Snowblink, (Click here).

The Folk Festival is not all just music to make you feel good.

The workshop called You Got To Fight For Your Right … featured Billy Bragg making a plea to the audience that we need young musicians. Photo by Robert Szkolnicki. All rights reserved

The workshop called You Got To Fight For Your Right … featured Billy Bragg making a plea to the audience that we need young musicians. Photo by Robert Szkolnicki. All rights reserved

He tells the story that when he was a young and angry man, he picked up a guitar and taught himself to play. Music was his way to make a point. While he acknowledges that you can make a point with Facebook and Twitter, in his words “no tweet has ever made me cry”.

Speaking of young musicians, I caught Polaris long list nominee Cannon Bros at the Fringe Festival.

If you are still looking for a summer soundtrack, then try out their album Firecracker/Cloudglow on Bandcamp. Drums plus guitar. Summer music can be quite simple. For more on Firecracker/Cloudglow, (Click here). Photo by Robert Szkolnicki. All rights reserved

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