A Punter’s Perspective
Random observations on the wide, weird world of folk from the side of the stage
#42 2013 Cobargo Folk Festival
First published in Trad and Now magazine, March 2013
Like many festivals I include in my yearly routine, I’m not even going to approximate any sort of objectivity here.
I love the Cobargo Folk Festival.
It’s been an irregular destination for six years, but what a place to end up at?
Whether you’re coming from the north or the south, the approaches through gently rolling green hills and valleys are captivating. Despite having familial ties in the Eurobodalla Shire slightly to the north, it was only on way to my first Cobargo that I drove past Lake Corunna, and nearly ran off the road as I sucked all the oxygen from the surrounding atmosphere.
It’s a stunning part of the world.
And the festival site looks like it was placed there by an inspired land surveyor/geo-spatial technician/landscape art historian. I will never tire of simply drifting around the site from top to bottom, over the ridge and back again, finding some new perspective, some new aspect, some new way the light has hit the trees or crept through a cloud outside the venue, at just the right time and just the right angle.
And all that before the music’s even started. Continue reading