From the Thumb to the … palm?


La Compagnie plays at Thumbfest 2010in Lexington, Michigan.

We spent the day at Thumbfest, which had an amazing number of bands playing — I wouldn’t be surprised to find out they had 40 or 50 acts there, playing on 11 different stages in downtown Lexington, many set within sight of Lake Huron.

We didn’t do a super-efficient job of seeing the whole festival, but we had a great time anyway: we drove out at lunchtime along M-46, something neither of us had done in twenty years or more, and saw Finvarra’s Wren and La Compagnie play their sets. We caught up with some out-of-town friends, Colomon joined in for the last few sets of an Irish session, I learned I like burritos, and H learned to say “Ed Reavy.” The only downside was that, with a spendy house repair on the calendar for September, there was no peeking into the cute shops lining the streets. Ah well … guess we’ll just have to go back next year!

Tomorrow brings an afternoon of folk music in Dow Gardens, rescheduled from a rained-out day in June. The bands will be playing from 4-6 p.m., and more information is available at the Midland Folk Music Society’s webpage.

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