Lightfoot father/daughter reunion at Mariposa Folk Festival Saturday afternoon
ORILLIA — Mariposa fans got a real treat Saturday afternoon.
Not one — but two Lightfoots singing.
Legendary folk icon Gordon Lightfoot dropped by the Estelle Klein Stage to hear his daughter, Meredith Moon; and she was at the main stage to hear him.
Unfortunately the two didn’t share either stage, but festival fans were just lucky to be there to hear her first appearance, and his umpteenth time.
And both were greeted like Mariposa royalty.
Gordon Lightfoot is becoming a regular at the Mariposa Folk Festival in his old hometown, after being away for years when it left its original stomping grounds in Leacockville.
Last year he surprised the Saturday night crowd with a late appearance.
This year he was in fine voice singing four songs as the sun shone brightly on the stage just after the evening’s main program began at 5:30 p.m.
And in a meeting after, Meredith hugged her dad and thanked him for being there for her.
Many in crowd at the small stage earlier didn’t even realize he was watching from the sidelines, like a proud papa, until someone on stage mentioned him and the roar went up and he gave his friendly wave.
He told Meredith he’d get her into the recording studio.
So, a father/daughter Lightfoot song or CD looks to be in the works some day soon.
Right now, Moon (she goes by her mom’s maiden name) is off to British Columbia this summer to finish writing some more songs for a CD.
She modestly says she has “about five” she likes so far and that she can sing “with confidence on stage.”
Her dad, meanwhile, was busy backstage posing for photos and selfies — “that’s what we do” (in addition to singing) — with fans and old friends from Orillia and reminiscing about growing up in Orillia.
“I remember being a paper boy and getting up at 5 in the morning.”
“And dropping off papers at Mundell’s Funeral Home,” said a member of the Mundell family who dropped by to remind Lightfoot his grandparents lived upstairs the parlour.
A tender moment came when Pete McGarvey’s granddaughter came to say hello and thank Lightfoot for his kind words for McGarvey (a local writer) who died recently.
Lightfoot said he “happened to have his guitar in his car” when he came to see Moon play, and was coaxed into coming on stage to play a few numbers.
Always generous with his time and support, he says he’s always got time for the Mariposa Folk Festival, which helped launched his national and international career.
The Mariposa Folk Festival, which began Friday night, continues all day Sunday, concluding with headliner Roseanne Cash about 10 p.m.
During the day all the main stage performers participate by playing at the half dozen small stages spaced out through TudhopePark and its peninsula, where they give workshops and you can hear them within arms reach.
It’s a fabulous music fest with plenty more to add to the music, food and activities for families and kids, including camping and swimming onsite on LakeCouchiching.
Tudhope Park is at the southeast end of Orillia, just off Hwy. 12 S.
See two more photos below.
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