The Gauntlet had a chance to sit down with Lubo Alexandrov during the 2007 Calgary Folk Music Festival.
Gauntlet: So who have you seen so far?
Lubo Alexandrov: I saw Rufus [Wainwright]. I really liked it. I know a little bit of his stuff because he came out from Montreal anyway. I liked what he did. It was very beautiful. I also saw Nathan. That was very interesting. I saw the Cape May, which was good. We also saw the Cuban band [Los MuÃ±equitos de Matanzas]. Weâ€™ve played things with them before. Theyâ€™re really good. Thatâ€™s about it, because weâ€™ve been really busy playing all the time. And when we didnâ€™t play, we slept.
G: Is there anyone you havenâ€™t seen yet youâ€™re looking forward to seeing?
LA: I really would love to see Sharon Jones. Unfortunately, we leave tomorrow, which is a big problem. I missed Neko Case because we were playing at the same time, which was a big drag for me. Tonight, I might check out Great Big Sea and all the other bands that are playing on the mainstage.
G: You participated in the Six String Nation workshop earlier today. What is your approach to the workshops?
LA: Well, you have to be really flexible, really chill; you know, not freak out if things donâ€™t work out. You just take it as it goes. Most of the workshops weâ€™ve done at festivals are fun because youâ€™re playing with some really good musicians. It really helps to work with good musicians. Those guys are heavy players. So the approach is basically, let them do what they want and try to fit in and when you play something, they do the same thing. So, youâ€™ve got to be very gentle with the way you fit in.
G: How does this festival compare to other festivals youâ€™ve played at or been to?
LA: Itâ€™s one of the most organized festivals Iâ€™ve ever been to with musicians that are really good. For a festival inside the city, itâ€™s really happeninâ€™. There are a lot of folk festivals that are done outside the city where the vibe is a bit more party and thereâ€™s a lot more energy and people just really go for it. Here itâ€™s a little more controlled because it is in the city. That, and the shows go to 10 or 11:30, which is pretty early.
G: What was your favourite part of your workshop today?
LA: I thought it was great. There were so many talented musicians. Steve [Dawson], Hawksley [Workman], they were all great. When Hawksley sang that song, that was so good. Iâ€™d love to chat with that guy, but he disappeared somewhere. Maybe Iâ€™ll track him down later.