Video: Down Under duo floors ’em up at the Getaway

Mark Punch and Jackie Bristow lead a workshop at the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway, Oct. 6, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mark Punch and Jackie Bristow lead a workshop at the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway, Oct. 6, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
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It’s a long way from New Zealand to New Jersey.

But Jackie Bristow and Mark Punch seemed right at home at the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway over the weekend.

The Kiwi singer-songwriter and her Australian guitar star led some workshops–songs from Down Under, vocal- and guitar tips, and so forth–and practiced what they preached as headliners on Saturday night.

Mark Punch and Jackie Bristow lead a workshop at the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway, Oct. 6, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mark Punch and Jackie Bristow lead a workshop at the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway, Oct. 6, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

Granted, the cozy confines of Camp Bernie’s YMCA lodge near Hackettstown are a far cry from some of the venues this duo has played. Bristow has opened for Bonnie Raitt, Tommy Emmanuel and Foreigner, among others, and Punch is a sought-after session musician.

They gave it their all, just the same, and 150 music aficionados were rewarded with an intimate concert they are not likely to forget.

Jackie Bristow and Mark Punch perform ‘Freedom,’ at NJ Acoustic Getaway, Oct. 6, 2018. Video by Ken Chin:

It’s a time-tested formula. For 43 years, the nonprofit Folk Project–producer of the Friday night Minstrel concert series in Morris Township–has been staging mini-festivals that feature top acoustic acts, blending instruction, jam sessions and performances in an atmosphere of casual camaraderie.

If you’re curious, file this away for springtime:

Singer Jefferson Hamer leads a vocals workshop at the Acoustic Getaway, Oct. 6, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Singer Jefferson Hamer leads a vocals workshop at the Acoustic Getaway, Oct. 6, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

After seven years of rustic charm at Camp Bernie, the Getaway’s boot heels will be wandering north for in May 2019.

The next Getaway is scheduled for the weekend before Memorial Day at the Stony Point Center in New York’s Lower Hudson River Valley, about 50 miles from Morristown.

Mitch Radler leads a singing workshop at the Acoustic Getaway, Oct. 6, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mitch Radler leads a singing workshop at the Acoustic Getaway, Oct. 6, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

It’s the Folk Project’s sixth site, and organizers predict its creature comforts will please festival regulars and newcomers.

Stony Point is “designed perfectly for our intimate size and our varied program,” said the Folk Project’s Mark Schaffer.

“Our new home will make our style of musical magic even better. We’re very excited about it.”

Our thanks to Morristown Green contributor Ken Chin for his video clips.

MORE ABOUT THE ACOUSTIC GETAWAY

Jackie Bristow and Mark Punch perform ‘Shot of Gold’ at NJ Acoustic Getaway, Oct. 6, 2018. Video by Ken Chin:

Mark Punch, right, shares guitar tips with festival-goers at the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway, Oct. 6, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin
Mark Punch, right, shares guitar tips with festival-goers at the Folk Project Acoustic Getaway, Oct. 6, 2018. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

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