|National Folk Festival 2010|
The Blue Mosquitoes have just returned from the 2010 National Folk festival held in Canberra and it certainly lived up to the band's expectations. It was a fantastic action packed 5 days of fun performing at numerous blackboard concerts in between listening to great acts such as Cloudstreet, Rapskallion, Bob Corbett and Genticorum to name just a few. The Tassie contingent made great waves at the Nationals with the likes of the Tasmanian Heritage Fiddle Ensemble, Ranters and Generation 3 all doing the state proud.
The highlight for the band was accompanying Hannah Foley at the FAA young performer award competition (congratulations to the winner George Jackson who plays fantastic fiddle). Hannah performed 3 original pieces (Dreams of Yesterday, Meaghers Escape and Lament of Sarah Island) which received great feedback from the audience and judges.
The early start to each day involved standing in line amongst other musicians in order to grab a gig at one of the various blackboard concerts. These early starts were made all the more difficult by late nights playing at the Nationals famous all night sessions. The band secured a number of blackboard gigs. The Chai Tent provided a fun relaxed venue to finish off seven performances at the festival.
The was band felt very privileged to have been invited to play at the famous Troubadour venue and thank Andrew for the opportunity to play on the same stage as some of the festival's biggest acts. It was also a great honour to play at one of the prized dinner time spots at the Village Stage.
Many thanks to festival organisers for putting on such a great event. Thanks to the many new friends made at the Nationals. The Blue Mosquitoes are keen to return next year if possible and will work hard on their performer application.
Cheers to Nick Proud for jamming with the band for a couple of the gigs!
Check out Steve Marshalls brilliant photography covering the festival. There are some great shots of the band!
and see more great photos below from Steve that really do capture the band energy so well. Many Thanks Steve!