The Road To Sawdust City Music Festival – Saturday Night talent at Gravenhurst Opera House

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. Saturday night (August 4, 2018) at the Gravenhurst Opera House features some amazing female talent such as Amanda Rheaume, Damhnait Doyle, Good Lovelies & Rose Cousins. Don’t miss this sure to be spectacular show. Grab your tickets HERE.

Take a few moments to see what the talent from the evening thinks of the festival and more!

Photo Credit: Jen Squires

Amanda Rheaume:

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

This is my first time playing Sawdust City Music Festival and I am SO excited and honoured to be included in such a prestigious lineup.

What excites you about being part of a music festival? 

Performing for a music-loving audience, seeing old friends and making new musical connections!

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

As artists touring, we don’t often get to enjoy the music of our colleagues… I love the possibility of collaboration! I also love that the audience is very open and willing to hear music from artists they may never have heard of.

What are some things you think make this specific music festival great? 

That it is in beautiful Muskoka and a grand time of year! I also love how many women have been scheduled to perform!

Damhnait Doyle:

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

Yes, it is! I’m incredibly excited to have the opportunity to even be in this beautiful part of Canada at this time of year- let alone play a festival there!

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

I am a huge, huge fan of Rose Cousins, she also happens to be quite a cool individual. I love her voice and her songs and I can’t wait to finish my set and sit and watch her play.

What are some things you think make this specific music festival great?

I think Miranda Mulholland is a special person. To watch as a friend, the inroads she has made as an all-around musical and industry tour de force is beyond inspiring. I would walk over coals for her, so of course, I am thrilled it’s Gravenhurst she wants me to travel to. 🙂

Explain your performance in five words or less.

Truthful, honest, to the bone

Kerri Ough from Good Lovelies:

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

It is our first time and we’ve heard such great things about this festival – it means a lot to be invited to play this year.

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

The best thing about festivals is collaborating with other musicians. We’re lucky because we’re a trio, which means we have a built-in social network on the road, but when you’re doing your own tour for weeks at a time you’re sort of living in a bubble. Festivals are where we get to play a show and also kick back and enjoy some of our favourite musicians too. Honestly, I think music festivals are like camps for adults. If we could play a year of only festivals we would do it in a heartbeat.

What are some things you think make this specific music festival great? 

I can tell that Sawdust is a festival that really makes their musicians feel welcome and appreciated. One thing I love about this festival is that they hired a backing band for all the artists on the Saturday, August 4th Opera House show to share. For people who tour solo, this is a fun chance to change up your set for the night and do something completely different from their regular show. I think that’s exciting for the audience too because they get to experience bands that maybe they’ve seen before, in an entirely new way. It also makes us, up on stage, feel like we’re all part of one big super-band – which again, harkens back to my camp statement from an earlier question.

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

Well, I live in Newfoundland now, and I always jump at the chance to get people to come here and enjoy this incredible place.  I’d probably have a small wandering festival, where buses would take the audience from place to place – from my favourite little coves or rocky beaches, or scenic lookouts – where stages would be set up (and protected from the threat of bad weather). And on the bus rides between the “main stage shows” there would be performers entertaining the crowd, and people serving food and coffee to everyone. It would be a bit of a logistical feat to pull off but I’d be up for the challenge.

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

Rose Cousins:

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

I’m excited to share the stage with good friends the Good Lovelies, Damhnait Doyle & meeting Amanda Rheaume!

What excites you about being part of a music festival?

All the surprises, whether it’s getting to see new music, play with new people or collaborate with friends. I like the unknown configurations of collaboration. There’s always magic.

Explain your performance in five words or less.

Enjoyable. Emotional. Rollercoaster.

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

I’ll be at The Stan Rogers Festival in Canso, NS on July 29th and at Summerfolk in Owen Sound Aug 17-19.

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