The closing weekend for the Harrison Festival offered more great Art Market finds, informative workshops and fantastic beach stage music. Some outdoor performance highlights were Annabelle Chvostek‘s catchy tune ’I Left My Brian’, Ryan LeBlanc effortlessly playing a guitar, harmonica & box drum all at the same time and North to Canda’s all star Gospel & Blues ensemble including Diana Braithwaite, Chris Whiteley, Leon Bibb, Kenny Wayne, Donald Ray Johnson & Russell Jackson.
The Hall concerts continued to deliver exceptional musicianship and contagious energy. Friday nights performance by Spanish band El Puchero del Hortelano offered a fun mix of Flamenco and Rumba with Funk, Pop and Rock. Mary Jane Lamond‘s Saturday performance had the audience completely wrapped with her spell binding vocals and Gaelic melodies. Sundays performance with award winning harmonica player Carlos Del Junco was an excellent close to the Festival. His ‘overblow’ technique paired with a mix of Blues, Jazz and Latin had the whole house shaking with rock concert amplification.
Overall, this years Festival was a huge success both artisticly and financially – the latter of the two being all the more important with continued cuts to provincial and federal arts funding. Missed out on the 2010 line-up, no worries – the Festival will be back again next year from July 8th to the 17th.