“For a little while, all is well,” Marianne James, director of The Ark, said at the beginning of the 44th Annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival on Friday night, Jan. 29.
“All it takes is a little live music.”
Her words proved true over the course of two nights and more than 10 hours of music on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 — with a third, a “Michigan Tribute to John Hiatt” on tape for Sunday, Jan. 31. The festival could obviously not take in its usual home at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium, so it sailed into virtual space, with the 25 acts performing from living rooms, home studios, back yards — and even live in-the-moment from The Ark’s stage, where the Accidentals and the RFD Boys opened the respective nights.
It made for an invigorating, sprawling and, in festival tradition, diverse affair, long to a fault but with uniformly strong and…