The Wool Festival in Taos was back for its 38th year with wool, food and music. The music stage was adjacent to a small group of Navajo-Churro sheep that bleated to the sounds of Americana, folk, blues, bluegrass and country songs. Strings were picked, plucked and strummed while happy attendees bought spools of wool thread and other wool-y crafts.
All the musicians understood the assignment by playing raw-no frills-acoustic music rooted in folk and country traditions. The event saw competitions and demonstrations of spinning wheels, Navajo spindles, knitting needles and crochet hooks from vendors and people in attendance. Vendors from New Mexico, Colorado and Texas were on site selling fleece and wool products. The soundtrack to the event was played by some talented musicians who brought their banjos, fiddles, mandolins and guitars to another weekend with unmatched sunny fall Taos weather.
Established and recognizable local bands and musicians gathered on the stage again this year - beginning at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturday (Oct. 2) Omar Rane started things off on the guitar, followed by Mark Dudrow on cello, then Mark Dudrow again with Kate Mann, the folkabilly band Crooked and Cracked got lively around 1 p.m. (the trio brought their fiddle, guitar and banjo over to the Chile Line Depot the same day), Audrey Davis and Mark Archuleta followed them with New Mexico folk music and the band Bone Orchard ended the day with some Americana.
Sunday (Oct. 3) the stage was taken by singer/songwriter Lisa Joyce, around 11 a.m. we heard Appalachian folk and country sounds from the Pot Creek String band, Kim Treiber and her husband did a set of some blues-rock-folk, at 1 p.m. the David Garcia Band folk-ed things up, the festival was then wrapped up with singer/songwriter Angela Pope and then Tenny Walsch.