The Road To Sawdust City Music Festival – Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar

Photo Credit: Paul Robert Wright

This August long weekend (August 3-5),  Gravenhurst, ON is the place to be. Of course, I’m speaking of the 2nd annual Sawdust City Music Festival. In an effort to showcase some of the great talent taking part in the festival, we are doing a series of interviews throughout the next few weeks. Today, we are starting things off with Samantha Martin of Samanta Martin & Delta Sugar, who will headline the Music On The Barge show on August 5.

Is this your first time playing the Sawdust City Music Festival?

Yes! I am grateful to be invited for the first time, I have heard great things!

Who are you looking forward to seeing perform from the festival line up?

I am really looking forward to hearing The O’Pears/Lydia Persaud – I am a sucker for three-part harmony. I also always love to see the Rattlesnake Choir!

What excites you about being part of a music festival?

I love seeing all my musicians friends who in the summer I don’t get to see because we are all scattered across the world playing different festivals!

How would you say playing a festival differs from a solo show?

The collaborations with other artists during workshops is usually the big difference. You get to hear songs take on a new life because of what other artists can contribute.

If you were to headline a festival and create your own lineup, who would you choose?

Oh man. There isn’t enough space for the lineup I would want.

If you could pick a place to have your own music festival, where would it be and why?

I would put on a festival in Lion’s Head where I grew up I think. It’s such a beautiful area, also on Georgian Bay.

Explain your performance in five words or less.

High Energy Blues and Soul.

Are there any other major dates or festivals you would like to mention for upcoming shows?

I am looking forward to playing Summerfolk in Owen Sound Aug 17/18 and also Roy Thomson Hall Patio Series Aug 23!

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