September 20th to 25th 2017: They say (whoever ‘they’ are??) that as one door closes, another one slams in your face! But not this time, not for us, we were about to get a surprise four day treat when we arrived in Nova Scotia and a very special end to our 6 month holiday.
The ferry from PEI landed at Caribou, Nova Scotia and we disembarked around 5:30pm. We had a plan. We would drive straight to Halifax and overnight in the Walmart car park before departing for Lunenburg and staying three or four nights. We got to the Walmart around 7:30pm and settled down for the evening but pleased to find we had some internet and we looked for “What’s on in Nova Scotia?”. We saw there was a music festival, Deep Roots, due to start the very next day, Thursday, around an hour or so from where we were in the lovely looking town of Wolfville.
What chance of being able to get tickets and even if we did get tickets where would we park, how would we get to the festival venues? Undaunted but not expecting a response a Facebook Message was sent asking whether, if there were any tickets available, where would we be able to park? An almost immediate response said they thought we would be able to park right in the centre of town, they would look into it and get back to us. Thirty minutes later, our spot was confirmed along with three other vehicles – the first time they had ever done this. Aerial photo below shows the four of us all parked up.
Matters agreed, we arrived the following day with the first event due to start that evening at 7pm. Having parked we discovered that every venue was at most within 50 yards of where we had been sited., All the venues were seated in ideal buildings, the closest being the Festival Theatre which ran all the main events. Bliss!
We had never heard of a single one of the Canadian artists taking part and were unsure what to expect. What was to come over the next four days was just a sheer delight. First of all, our camping neighbours, the volunteer staff, the non volunteer staff etc were all super friendly and couldn’t do enough for us.
The first night was a show from a PEI resident, Lennie Gallant. This was an evening of stories and songs with amazing art images based around his life on PEI. It was incredibly moving and all the more so because we had just been to some of the places he was talking about on PEI.
Check out Lennie Gallant and Searching for Abegweit. This was only the second time the show had been performed away from Prince Edward island. That one show alone was value for money for the festival tickets. Download the title track Abegweit for a sample of this great musician.
The next three days saw great performances from a myriad of people we had never heard of but which are now resident on my iTunes. Stand out artists for me at least were, The Yves Lambert Trio – Yves has been a musician for forty years and plays the accordion as if his life depended on it! Check him out here. Corin Raymond – boy this guy could sing with his whole heart and soul – you can check him out here The Pickup Cowboy who played with Jonathan Byrd was one of the most talented multi instrumentalist musicians I have seen – he even plays the saw! Some YouTube footage from another event below…
In addition to all of the above, the town of Wolfville really is delightful. Great restaurants of many varieties, Irish Pub, great coffee place and all within a few yards of our front door for this four days.
Not sure where Wolfville is? Here is the map and this festival takes place the last weekend of September every year. We will be back at some point for sure – the nicest festival we have ever been to.
Monday morning we head off for our penultimate campground of the trip. By Friday, we will be in a hotel and on Monday we will be on a plane and the vehicle will be on a ferry. All good things…. but still a few more days left to enjoy.