This was our eighth year to attend Almonte (with a silent 'e') Celtfest although our visit last year was pretty brief. This time, as in most years, we were in full attendance on Saturday from 12-10 and on Sunday from 12-6.
The first half or more of each day features local talent, and there is some excellent local talent in this area, so it's all good. The headliners this year were The American Rogues. Their only previous visit was in 2011, and I was pleased to hear them agan. They played the last session on both days and were quite wonderful both times.
New since last time was their drummer, Catherine Hauke, and she was absolutely mesmerizing. It was like she was dancing with the drumsticks and drum. Every time she came to the forward position, all eyes were riveted.
Naturally, I took a bunch of photos. For some reason many of my photos weren't very sharp this year, but I like them anyway. At the end, I will post a video in which I combined a number of little clips featuring Hauck. It's 2:33 minutes, and I hope that you will take the time to have a look. Obviously you can get a sense of the Rogues' sound as you watch Catherine do her thing. This kind of Celtic music with a bit of a rockish edge may be new to many of you.
I may or may not post more Celtfest stuff in due course, but I wanted to get this one done.
Oh ... remember that big monitor that I posted about last week. I discovered that it had a dead pixel, so I took it back. Now, I am back to my single 21" monitor while I contemplate whether to try again and what model to try.