The Deep Dark Woods Island Stage, Guelph ON July 27

The Deep Dark Woods Island Stage, Guelph ON July 27
Closing out the Island Stage on what turned out to be a rainy first night of the festival, Saskatoon alt-country favourites the Deep Dark Woods brought their rootsy music to an already won-over audience. Fitting right in with the festival crowd a plaid shirt and beard, vocalist/guitarist Ryan Boldt led the band through a warm-sounding set, despite the group's tendency to deliver a gloomier side of folk music. Competing schedule-wise with a Main Stage headlining set from Arkells, the Deep Dark Woods provided a gorgeous, if mellow, alternative and sent onlookers off into the night ready for a second day of Hillside.

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