John McRobbie is the musical director for the Steamboat Mountain Music Festival. He curates a weekend of music to please the eclectic tastes of attendees. From folk to rock to random, there is truly something for everyone at the little but lively annual event.
This year’s lineup offers a mix of bands from the Valley and elsewhere for the weekend music festival, taking place July 5-7th.
“By popular demand, we’ve got Fraid Knot coming back,” reports Mr. McRobbie, noting that band was at the festival three or four years ago and was a hit.
“They are known as one of Canada’s hardest working Celtic bands,” he describes.
Audience members enjoy the wide range of music at each year’s Steamboat festival, but Mr. McRobbie says towards the end of the day, the biggest hits are always the bands that bring the tempo up and keep the dance music pumping.
“The whole yard is up dancing all over the place,” Mr. McRobbie describes.
Mr. McRobbie sums up the whole event in one simple sentence: “It’s a great event. What more can I say?”
New to Steamboat Mountain Music Festival this year is the Lovebullies. This Calgary-based vintage pop rock band brings a high-energy performance to each show. Band member Caroline Connolly says the feedback they always get from people is that the band is very fun.
“I think that’s because we have fun when we’re playing, and it comes across,” she says.
The four band members have been playing together for more than a decade, with two of them on stage together for more than 20 years. That much time has built up the Lovebullies into a musical family.
“We’ve all been through a great deal together,” says Ms. Connolly. “We have a deep and profound love for each other as human beings. I think that’s why we’ve had this longevity.”
The Lovebullies are currently working on their third record. Their last release was a double vinyl in 2010. Ms. Connolly says at the time, it was quite the effort to get an album done on vinyl, but it was worth it for the sound the Lovebullies were looking for with their music.
“We are all audiophiles. We love music, we love the tactile aesthetic of vinyl, and we love the final sound,” she says. Much like the slow food movement, Ms. Connolly explains, vinyl is almost like the slow music movement.
“We’re embracing the old technology, because it’s better … it’s warmer, it’s more alive.”
The Lovebullies perform at Saturday, July 6th. They will also be offering a songwriting workshop Sunday, July 7th.
Come to the community of Edgewater for the 8th annual Steamboat Mountain Music Festival. For tickets or more information, see www.steamboatmusicfest.ca.