Recently, Apple Crisp Records released its first CD, entitled Friends of Skeleton Park. The CD was produced in support of The Skeleton Park Music Festival , a celebration of the summer solstice in McBurney Park. The CD is a compilation of 20 artists from Kingston and the surrounding area including Sarah Harmer, Jenny Whitely, Sheesham and Lotus, Kyra and Tully, The Lady Racers and many more.
The artists generously donated their songs in support of this three-year-old festival in Kingston. Garrett Barr explained why this festival and others like it are so important to his band, Tea for the Voyage, and others: “We promote shows in Kingston ourselves and understand how much local music means to the community here. The track we donated, “Support Your Scene,” is all about the interdependency of music and community in Kingston and just getting out and supporting local music, and we couldn’t be happier to use it towards such a great cause.” Jason Erb of Infotourist feels that the festival has reawakened the Kingston music scene: “The first Skeleton Park music festival marked the rebirth of the Kingston music scene, which had been gestating in various forms since its death at the closing of the Scherzo.”
This year’s festival will take place June 19-21 and although the line up is yet to be determined, the buzz being generated by Kingston’s hard-working, self-starting musicians and music lovers promises that it will be great. Get your copy of Friends of Skeleton Park for $15 at The Grad Club, The Sleepless Goat, Brian’s Record Option, Renaissance Music, The Kingston School of Music, Tara Foods or Novel Idea.