IT SEEMS unlikely that I'll find my way down to the Dunnellon (lovely town, by the way) area this weekend for the Will McLean Festival. Alas, that's two years in a row. Those who make it there, have fun!
I am hoping to make it to a more local festival in a couple weeks, the Marianna Arts Festival and BBQ Cook-Off on April 17 and18. The entertainment schedule is not yet posted but some folks I know will be there, the band Swiftwater, flutist Jonny Lipford, and (according to her site) Veronika Jackson.
And, of course, I will, one way or another, make it to the 'big one,' the Florida Folk Festival towards the end of May. This would be my ninth consecutive year, which isn't a lot compared to some folks, but I don't plan to mess up the record now. As mentioned before, my niece 'Mean Mary' James is playing this year, as a solo act (husband Johnny will probably be along to photograph). She's been working on possibly doing a John Hartford-like rhythm thing with her feet to make up for Frank not being there to play with her. I reckon at the festival she could find a slew of musicians who would be willing to fill in or play some percussion, however.