Friday, August 16, 2013

Afternoon Update at Boston GreenFest. Folk and All That Jazz

By Doug Ruffin
Boston Music Coalition

What a great summer day weather environment for the first full day of Boston GreenFest 2013 at City Hall Plaza. The event, free for all and open until 10 PM tonight and concludes Saturday August 17th us underway. Many exhibits, activities for kids, and great food. After the Mayoral EcoForum, it was time for some music.

When you go to the Boston GreenFest site, you will find a list of music and entertainment for the day. Several stages and tents emulate music without disturbing each other. With all that music and entertainment going on, this well planned event makes it easy to talk with one another.

I heard a guitar and a set of bongos and some fun eco lyrics emulating from the Eco lounge. I went in and enjoyed a set from writer; singer and recording artist, Mike Delaney. If you remember the song, “Love that Dirty Water”, you will not forget the fun Mike Delaney has with that song to send an important ecological message. Mr. Delaney has a day job at the NWA at the lab testing water. So we had to ask him the obvious.

BMC: How do you get away with writing, recording and performing songs about the environment while employed at the NWA for twenty years?

Mike Delaney: We have an agreement. I can continue to do this (perform) as long as they (the NWA) preview my work.

BMC: You could perform any music you would like. Why the environment?

Mike Delaney: I’m an environmentalist. That’s why I work at the NWA.

BMC: You have been performing for fifteen years; what was your biggest gig?

Mike Delaney: Playing the Boston Falk Music Festival. 

NOTE: Mike Delaney has a new CD out and will continue to perform. His CD, “Boston Harbor: No Longer Dirty Water” is out now.

We’ll have more on the other performers I talked to in our next update including a great jazz performance that was standing room only. 

An Eco Fashion Show is taking place now. Lot’s more music going on and we’ll have more updates as everything takes place.
We are live at Boston GreenFest 2013

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