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The News Gazette - Ellnora Guitar Festival Review



UI Alumna Brings Great Festival To Electric End

The News Gazette, 9/15/09 - Ellnora Guitar Festival Review

by Tim Barnes

UI alum Laurie Morvan brings high-energy ending to Ellnora Guitar Festival

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UI Alumna Brings Great Festival To Electric End

By Tim Barnes | News-Gazette, The (Champaign-Urbana, IL) | September 15, 2009

The Ellnora Guitar Festival wrapped up on Saturday at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, with another hectic schedule of guitaristic bliss. As with the Thursday and Friday lineups,, I was once again struck by themany great performances offered free of charge on Saturday, which added to the overall "community festival" vibe of the event. In fact, it is tempting to say that these free acts again eclipsed the evening's headliners.

After the hypnotic grooves of The National, it was refreshing to hit the lobby for the final afterglow performance of the festival and hear some good, old-fashioned, Texas-style blue-rock guitar-slinging from the Laurie Morvan Band. Morvan has all the soulfulness of Bonnie Raitt and the swaggering, muscular guitar tone of Stevie Ray Vaughn.

In a response to Winona Judd's "Girls with Guitars," Morvan asked, and answered, her own question "Where Are All the Girls with Guitars?" Look no further. She provided a blistering, high-energy ending to another great guitar festival at Krannert.


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