CityFolk Festival-goers on Friday night were not only excited for the arrival of the weekend, but also for the opportunity to see the iconic Van Morrison in concert. By 6pm, the grounds were scattered with lawn chairs (so many lawn chairs) and by 8pm, the grounds were full.
But there was plenty more talent to go around; Montreal’s Patrick Watson and indie pop trio Motel Raphaël took the stage, and blues-folk rock ensemble Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers preceded alt-country superstar Elle King.
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California-born, Montreal-raised musician Patrick Watson brought his experimental and artistic style of indie rock and songwriting to CityFolk to start off the evening. Watson and his band dazzled the audience with their charm and elegant performance style, including his rendition of “To Build A Home” by Cinematic Orchestra – which he helped co-write.
Speaking of Montreal – indie folk pop trio Motel Raphaël made their way to Ottawa from the neighbour metropolis to perform at CityFolk. The young and vibrant musicians performed songs from their 2014 debut album Cable TV, demonstrating their soul, talent, and enthusiasm.
With her rugged voice and engaging stage presence, Elle King played to a packed and devoted crowd (who chose her over Van Morrison) bringing down the house with hits from her new album Love Stuff. Her chart-topping blend of alternative rock and country was a welcomed experience to CityFolk.
Amy Helm & the Handsome Strangers
Daughter of The Band’s Levon Helm, Amy Helm and her band of The Handsome Strangers, exploded the main stage with high-energy blues-folk rock. Aside from her tremendous vocal power, The Handsome Strangers flaunted their high calibre skill playing songs from her latest album Didn’t It Rain and other favourites.