By Diva Claire Carter
GODERICH – I am always amazed by the quality of entertainment in Huron County. I had the pleasure of attending a Kruger Brothers concert at the Livery in Goderich on Wednesday night. This event was presented by the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival, a group that has a history of bringing fantastic talent to the area every August.
I brought my dad along, as we have a tradition of attending the Celtic Festival together. This was the third time we’d heard the Kruger Brothers preform. The group, born in Europe and now based in North Carolina, has a very loyal following. The group’s sound is described as bluegrass-acoustic-roots. Their sounds make me feel like I’m at a kitchen party on the east coast or in Ireland.
Jens Kruger was recently awarded with the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo, and it is easy
to understand why. The show featured both instrumental songs (many from Appalachan Concerto) and vocals. There was a good mix of original and cover music. It seemed the group really knew the audience, as I heard many times at intermission and after the show that they’d played someone’s favourite song. The song I liked the best was Carolina in the Fall. The band interacted with the audience after the show, autographing CDs and talking about their love of Huron County.
The Kruger Brothers won’t be attending the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival this year. The band flies to Switzerland next week, and will be performing and delivering workshops throughout Europe and the United States for the next few months. The festival attracts different performers each year from around the world. The lineup for this year has just been released, and it is fantastic! The full lineup can be found here.
I’m most excited to see the Great Lakes Swimmers and Dave Gunning. As usual, there is a great balance of North American and European musicians. There are four different stages, and a fantastic food area. I’m really looking forward to discovering new music while enjoying a delicious ice cream cone in Lions Harbour Park. After things wind down on stage, I’d suggest heading to the Park House, where the live entertainment continues.
Tickets can be purchased for the full three days of the festival ($70 for adults, $65 for seniors), or for single days ($25-$35 for adults, $20-$30 for seniors). Concerts begin at 11 a.m., and end at midnight on Friday and Saturday, and at 10:30 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information on the 2015 Celtic Roots Festival, visit online, or call (519) 524-8221.