Cider Mag Winter 2015 Issue 52 - Page 19

CAMP-N-JAM July 11 - 12 Modern Fools Music lovers as well as disc golfers are drawn to Camp-N-Jam, like a small -scale Disc Jam. Marty Vaughn from Top O’ the Hill Disc Golf in Canterbury sponsored a six-hole disc golf course within earshot of the stage. “We laid out the course in the weeks leading up to the festival and the baskets went in this week,” says Vaughn. Dillan Welch, a young, up-and-coming singer/songwriter opened up Camp-N-Jam and drew in many from their campsites with his rhythmic strums of the acoustic guitar paired with reggae vocals. Welch is a performer that gives his music variety and substance by alternating the tempo and accentuating the deep bass on his up-strum. The afternoon was filled with variations of rock music by bands such as Hug the Dog, Modern Fools, Boogie on Alice, and The Van Burens. The sun sank below the horizon and The Ghost Dinner Band, who Trottier is also the drummer for, warmed the crowd up for the upcoming headliners. The performers from Luminous Fire & Flow lit their torches and spun fire for the gathering spectators. Trottier said Luminous Fire and Flow has developed it into a very entertaining experience. “It adds to the show and flow is very popular on the scene right now. We’re happy to provide them with a space to do their thing.” Strange Machines took the stage at 10:30pm and the largest crowd of the weekend filled the amphitheater. Trottier was introduced to Strange Machines when he did sound for them at a show in Manchester. Since then, Trottier has tried to catch them as much as possible. “Every show the crowd gets bigger and more enthusiastic. It’s pretty fun to watch a band grow like that,” says Trottier. “They're definitely in my top favorites for local bands.” Winter • 2015 After hearing Strange Machines, it is easy to understand why. With their intricate improvisation, high energy instrumentation, and impassioned harmonies, Strange Machines had the crowd cheering for an encore. Although the live music was supposed to cease at midnight, Strange Machines pleased the festival-goers with one last high energy song. The musicians had cleared the stage, but the music was not over. A group from Keene, NH by the name of Machina Arts, had set up a 20 foot tent with throw rugs, turn tables, black lights, and inflatable sofas. The DJ began spinning music and gave the festival goers a late night treat. The music could be heard throughout a small field where a campfire roared and threw embers into the cool night sky. On Sunday morning, young singer/songwriter Julianna Cable took the stage as people were finishing breakfast. Her subtle chords of the ukulele took a back seat to her powerfully rich vocals. Cable invited her mother on stage for a song as she explained that she is moving across the country to start her college career in a few months. It was a song that they sang together often, but this time was different. The mother/daughter duo melded their harmonies together as a tear rolled down Cable’s mother’s cheek. The exposure for these local musicians and the joy they receive to be a part of such a positive experience is priceless. MacDonald says, “Playing for more than 100 brand new listeners is worth more than any monetary compensation.” Local musicians, music lovers, and disc gol