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Words and music on Day 4 of Ochre Fest


Two award-winning authors read from their books; Youngtree & Bee debut new song

It’s a double dose of award-winning books and a debut song as Ochre Fest 2020 moves into Day 4 of online presentations with a second straight triple-header that can be accessed from the festival’s Facebook page.

Gemma M. Hickey’s memoir, “Almost Feral,’ and Leslie Vryenhoek’s suspense novel, “We All Will Be Received,” are first up this evening, with both authors reading selections. Hickey is on at 6:30 p.m., followed by Vryenhoek at 7 p.m. 

Closing the Thursday offerings are Peter Youngtree and Carole Bee as they introduce the song “Seas Change” and its accompanying video.

In a way, there are three debuts tonight as the artists are featured in specially-commissioned videos.

Because of restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers of Ochre Fest — normally a series of live events devoted to music, literature, food and art — moved the festival online and in doing so, highlighted others in the arts community. That’s because the various featured artists and presenters have been paired with local directors and producers to assist in creating their video offerings.

For Hickey, that collaboration is with director Ruth Lawrence and editor Paul Colbourne; Vryenhoek is partnered with director Wanda Nolan, editor Justin Simms and Duncan de Young on Camera; and Youngtree & Bee worked with director/editor Phil Churchill, himself no stranger to music as a member of The Once.

Ochre Fest runs through Saturday.

The first three days’ videos are posted on the festival Facebook site and are available below.

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