Weather can’t stop crowds at Home County folk festival – The London Free Press



An overcast sky and threat of rain didn’t stop music and art lovers from packing downtown London on Saturday.

Large crowds flocked to Victoria Park throughout the day to take in the second day of the 45th annual Home County Music and Art Festival.

Jake Charron of Dan Stacey and the Black Swans performs at the North Concert stage on Day 2 of the Home County Music and Art Festival on Saturday. (Shannon Coulter/The Free Press)

Despite the threat of thunderstorms in the afternoon, hundreds of lawn chairs were lined up throughout the park to enjoy the live music. The sun even made a few brief appearances in the afternoon.

Vendors lined the park’s paths as curious festival-goers admired their craftsmanship and artwork.

Slightly away from the hustle and bustle of the vendors, Londoner Chris Snedden worked on a new pottery sculpture beside the London Potters Guild tent.

Dan Stacey and the Black Swans took the North Concert stage Saturday afternoon. After an upbeat Irish tune, fiddler Dan Stacey joked that his arm was going to fall off.

A large crowd gathered for From The Heart on the East Workshop stage, featuring the Cedar Sisters, Kris and Dee, Mama’s Broke and Raine Hamilton. The crowd clapped along and tapped their feet as the female artists and groups performed.

A tribute was also held in the afternoon for regular attendee Roy McDonald, who died this year. London Town Crier Bill Paul hosted the tribute on the Community Stage.

Countless rows of chairs were set up in front of the main stage. Harrow Fair, a folky rock duo from Toronto, were to headline the festival on Saturday.

The 45th annual festival is a staple in the Forest City. The festival wraps up on Sunday and will feature main stage performances by Valdy and Irish Mythen.