Woodford Folk Festival: A Debrief!

Street performers at Woodford

Woodford

What a week. I don’t believe I’m out of line speaking on behalf of the entire clan when I say that we’re sore, tired, high, low, socialised up, gigged out, rocked in the spaces between and now facing a house that looks like a shaken snow-globe. Such is the roller coaster marathon of wonder that is a season spent at Woodford Folk Festival!

My Top 5 Personal Highlights in No Particular Order:

1. Debuting WONDERLAND!

Wonderland

With the first EVER performance of this new show (yep, the one that’s coming to Adelaide Fringe and Brisbane Comedy Festival shortly!) I was understandably nauseous about this one. BUT…I’ve gotta tell you, the moment the curtains opened, the band kicked in (they ROCKED IT SO BAD I NEARLY SWEATED PRIDE BEADS!), I looked over and saw the Betties being all Betty-ish, I took in the ridiculously awesome set (designed by extraordinardo incarnate Dan Endicott, who took my instructions of “Well, I know it’s crazy but I’d love a giant gum ball machine that actually WORKS!” and turned them into even more amazeballsness than I could have ever hoped for)…I honestly had goosebumps.

It was way too much fun. I’ve got plenty of tweaking (and more writing!) to do between now and it’s resurrection in Adelaide (opening night is Friday February 15th) but I am just so relieved and elated that WE HAVE GOT A SHOW, PEOPLE!

2. Hanging with Betty and the Betties!

Betty and the Betties in Wonderland!

All dolled up and ready to hit the streets in our brand new get-ups!

Backstage at the Pineapple Lounge on NYE
Backstage at the Pineapple Lounge on NYE
Hamming it up in the Nightingale Lounge.
Hamming it up in the Nightingale Lounge.

3. Having Utterly Fabulous Hair All Week Long!

Hair!

After 13 years of coming to Woodford (as a performer for nearly half of that), this one marked a turning point in that for the first time ever, I had a wondrous man of Edward Scissorhands-like-hair genius stroking my tender locks each and every morn. Even to be able to type that sentence is a dream come true. Derek from the fabulous Pink Salon (if you’re in Brissie you really MUST check these guys out) was on Betty and Jenny hair patrol and my oh my. I don’t know how I will ever go back.

Derek told me I have a sensitive scalp. I didn't know what he was talking about til I saw this picture.
Derek told me I have a sensitive scalp. I didn’t know what he was talking about til I saw this picture.

That the top of my crown looked so well spruced came in particularly handy during a surprise photo op with Australia’s very own PM. Whoda thunk?

Me and Julia are like, totally BFFs now.
Me and Julia are like, totally BFFs now.
My son took this. We now have what looks like a "JG selfie" as my hubby's iPhone wallpaper.
My son took this. We now have what looks like a “JG selfie” as my hubby’s iPhone wallpaper.

PLUS…Derek’s daughter and my own (who became little partners in crime around the festival all week) succumbed to the allure of the Betty hairstyle and by the end of the week, became our very own honorary Betty Juniors!

Honorary Betty Juniors!

The Great Debate!

Doing the debate is always one of my favourite gigs of the entire festival, however it is also the one that causes the most turmoil to my digestive tract. Fortunately, being able to meet Rod Quantock (a long-time hero who, it turns out, is not just hilarious but the sweetest man) AND Kate Miller-Heidke (whose Mum I met at a gig last year, after which she came to see “An Unexpected Variety Show” in Melbourne, love her and Kate is as gorgeous in person as she is onstage) within 10 minutes of going onstage to debate my buttocks off, was soothing balm for the affirmative team’s soul.

I should also point out that I have such strong memories of being a punter in the crowd and watching these debates – they were my only “I cannot miss that!” events each year, and thinking how much ridiculous fun it would be to be up there doing it. Dreams can come true. They really can.

Affirmative!
Affirmative!

Camping With Friends!


Between the half a gazillion gigs, my favourite thing to do in between was as little as possible back at our campsite. Hanging with friends and family that we otherwise don’t have nearly as much of a chance to catch up with properly throughout everybody’s highly busy years, this was just the bomb. And that almost all our fellow campers had kids as well was organic icing on the gluten-free cake.

Spotted in our camp area. LOVE.
Spotted in our camp area. LOVE.
My mate Robyn on reading duty at the campsite.
My mate Robyn on reading duty at the campsite.
Ukeing it up back at the campsite.
Ukeing it up back at the campsite.
Over-run with pint-sized Woodfordians at the Duck.
Over-run with pint-sized Woodfordians at the Duck.
Our view on New Year's Eve, sitting on the lake ready for the 3 minute silence.
Our view on New Year’s Eve, sitting on the lake ready for the 3 minute silence.

PLUS…Just Soaking Up General Woodfordia Goodness!

Sideshow performers at Woodford

Colourful shopping goodies at Woodford

The kids' craft activities always make me feel inspired and insecure at my horrific fine motor skills.
The kids’ craft activities always make me feel inspired and insecure at my horrific fine motor skills.

Woodford love

Me and the Cay-man on a "date" to the Mutant Museum.
Me and the Cay-man on a “date” to the Mutant Museum.

Tai Chi at Woodford

Woodford Yeti!

The ONE act I actually saw from start to finish this festival, Rory McLeod.
The ONE act I actually saw from start to finish this festival, Rory McLeod.

Elephant Woodford Folk Festival

Woodford lights. Pretty!

 

Street performers at Woodford Folk Festival

Last year we got home from Woodford and my littlest was all fired up about doing somersaults. This year? We can hardly pry the ukelele away from him. This morning he woke me up by singing “I love you Mummy, I love Ella, I love Caleb, I love Daddy, I love myself!”

Thank you Woodford. Til next time. xx

Cassidy playing the watermelon uke

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