Starbelly Jam - Tour Journal

Wow, Starbelly Jam happens in a very special place on the east shore of Kootenay Lake. The pebbles on the beach of this temperate inland rainforest are shot through with rose quartz and gold dust, the mountains are towering, and the flora and fauna are diverse and profuse. We were lucky enough to be invited to play, and we made the trek across mountains and lake with our friends and family.

 Ruth with our friends Amri and Piers at the Kool Bus, Balfour Ferry Terminal.

Ruth with our friends Amri and Piers at the Kool Bus, Balfour Ferry Terminal.

 On the ferry crossing Kootenay Lake.

On the ferry crossing Kootenay Lake.

We played three different shows over the weekend. On Saturday we played our rock n' roll show on the Moonbelly Stage, and then on Sunday we played two sets in the Be Stage tent: singalong songs for young children, and a storytelling acoustic set. Here's us doing Dust Pan on the Moonbelly Stage:

The singalong workshop has become one of our favourite parts of performing at these festivals. This time we got to jam with Vern from Vancouver's Carnaval Band, and our old percussionist friend Bruce. The tent was filled with little ones and their parents. We must have sang Down by the Bay for a good 10 minutes, with kids raising their hands to add their verse.

Here we are in the Be Stage tent, sitting on the grass to start the circle before the kids started to arrive:

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By the time the three sets were over we were pretty exhausted. Here's us backstage just before our last set:

 We were pretty tired at this point.

We were pretty tired at this point.

After our last show we went down to Kootenay Lake to cool off and refresh. The beach was in a secluded bay, with a cool stream emptying into the warm water nearby. We made it back to the festival in time to catch the fabulous Begonia's set. We also got to meet the legendary children's entertainer Rick Scott.

Starbelly Jam was a weekend of great music and memorable times with our friends and family in one of the most special places in beautiful British Columbia. A little piece of our hearts is in the Kootenays.

Love always,

The Oot n' Oots