It's been a busy summer for local guy Scott Cook.
Cook has been touring across Alberta for the past month, performing in folk festivals in Canmore, Calgary and Hinton. The roots, blues and folk artist played the Edmonton Folk Music Festival six years ago and now he's coming back.
"It was great. At that time, that was the first big festival like that that I'd ever been at."
Cook says the first folk festival he attended was back in 1996, and he fell in love with the scene.
He often does events that take him outside of Canada during the summer, such as the folk festivals in Australia, so he is enjoying being closer to home this year.
"It's been nice to spend time around home and get to see some old friends," Cook said.
The Edmonton Folk Music Fest is great for not only music, but also for allowing artists to meet up with each other.
"Quite often all I see of my friends is their poster on the wall in the venue that I'm playing in saying that they were there two nights before or they're going to be there next week or whatever. At festivals, there's a bunch of us all together. It's a great chance to catch up with your comrades."
On top of his concert on Saturday, Cook is also doing workshops on Friday and Sunday. In workshops, artists are put together on stage and they take turns leading songs. Often it leads to some spontaneous collaboration.
"Some really special magic can happen in those workshops."
Their main purpose is to give the audience a chance to see artists interacting in a unique way. Workshops like this are fairly common in Canadian Folk Festivals.
It is also beneficial to the artists, as they can expand their audience. Getting people that normally don't listen to them hear their music is part of what draws musicians to attend.
"I think that's a large part of the appeal for all the artists -- you get to play for the festival's audience rather than just your own," added Cook. "A lot of people are discovering most of these artists for the first time when they go to the festival."
After Edmonton, Cook has one last Alberta festival, in Bear Creek, and then he is going on a four-month tour across the States and Eastern Canada.
Cook's set time is 12:00 p.m..

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