Last weekend, we were in Balston Spa for the Irish 2000 festival. (Yeah, I know, it isn't the year 2000, but I didn't name the festival.) Our main reason for going was to see three of the twenty or so bands that played. Our hearts were set on seeing Carbon Leaf, Gaelic Storm and Enter the Haggis. All three bands played sets on Friday night.
As it is now suddenly Fall, the weather was cool and crisp. Not quite a true Autumn chill, but with temperatures hovering just above 40⁰F, it was most certainly not a Summer show. By the time Carbon Leaf took the stage as the light began to wane, we were ready to dance! Keeping warm was secondary to having fun! These are just a few of my favorite shots from the show.
Trying to explain Carbon Leaf is tough. They show up on folkie's favorite lists while also being a very electrified band. They have a distinct "Celtic" following, but are most definitely from Virginia. Rather than try to explain their sound, as with most music, the best way to know it is to hear it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_Leaf http://carbonleaf.com/main.php
Saying that Terry rocks would be a massive understatement. What he can do to a guitar is flat-out phenomenal.
Late night munchies with Carter and Terry
Carter's mandolin playing (along with all sorts of other instruments!) was uniformly mind-blowing! His interaction with the crowd was so incredibly cool.
It's kind of hard to explain how amazingly down-to-earth these guys are. Sure, they are rock stars... but they are such REAL people. Very human, humble and kind. They signed cds and dvds for over an hour after the show. No one was rushed. Everyone got to talk to them. They posed for pictures left and right. No doubt about it, they love playing music and sharing it with everyone. It shows! Of all the bands I have introduced folks to, Carbon Leaf stands out as the band that everyone hears and immediately asks: Who is that? Yeah. They rock!
After the show, our friend Kate told us we needed to stop at the merch table and visit with the guys. After signing their latest release (Live, Acoustic and in Cinemascope), they offered to pose with Nancy and Aurora. On our way out later in the evening, we said a quick good-nite to Carter and Terry as they were picking out some late night munchies. I couldn't have asked for a better time!