From: Folk in the Barn [debs_at_folkinthebarn_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 03 July 2007 15:15
Subject: How to stop the Rain getting you down....
......easy, just ring this number 01227 272042 and book tickets for Nomads and/or Uiscedwr gigs, then you'll have something fabulous to look forward to and the rain won't matter. :0)
excuse the cheek!
Hope you've all managed to wash off the Glastonbury mud!! What? you didn't go this year? Shame on you - Show of Hands, Seth Lakeman, Shirley Bassey! I'd have gone if my wellies didn't have holes in. Mind you there's something nice about sitting in your warm, dry, mud free house watching it on the tele and knowing you haven't got to sleep in a damp muddy field! We had a bit of mud at the Big Session in Leics. That's a great festival by the way. Small, family friendly and there was a great line-up. Show of Hands did 'Roots' along with the Oysterband and it raised the roof. ColvinQuarmby went down really well, with a packed standing Marquee - everyone dancing and singing along, it was amazing. Anna from Uiscedwr joined them on stage for 'The Gods don't work' and got a great reception. Uiscedwr had earlier bought the house down with their stunning show, ending with Cormac doing 'Another one bites the dust' on Bodhran, and the crowd filling in with the words - wow!! Had to be se
Which leads me nicely to..... Uiscedwr and Nomads - Whitstable Oyster Week. Two great concerts coming up in a months time. I've just rung the box office and there's hardly any tickets sold, YIKES!! you can't ALL be busy that week? maybe you're leaving it to the last minute. Either way you're sc sc sc..aring me.
For your listening and viewing pleasure ? Wednesday 25th July ? The great Alan Prosser, Brendan Power and Lucy Randall ? Collectively ?Nomads?, supported by superb acoustic duo Barber & Taylor. Faversham folk club was packed and spellbound at this trio when I saw them there early this year. Alan?s playing is phenomenal as any Oysterband fan will tell you.
Then on the following Saturday we are blessed with the presence of two of the UK's top young folk bands. Uiscedwr and Queensberry Rules. Rather then waffle on I?ll copy you a review from Uiscedwr?s comeback concert at Footlights, Sussex recently.
"There was a tangible magic in the air with the first comeback-concert of Uiscedwr following the return to fitness of violinist/vocalist Anna Esslemont after a bone-marrow transplant had culminated many months of blood transfusions.
Their arrival on stage generated extended applause, directed undoubtedly towards Anna, a truly inspirational young lady, elfin-like with her short dark hair, huge expressive eyes, beaming smile and personality to match. Accompanying her were scintilating percussionist Cormac Byrne (who had joined Seth Lakeman for a spell during Anna's illness) and veteran guitarist Kevin Dempsey.
They immediately launched into a set of tunes entitled 'Not the Hurricane' from their latest album "Circle". It was beautifully performed with Anna's magnificent playing to the fore, her eyes apparently indicating the degrees of difficulty involved and satisfaction of achievment as she exchanged radiant smiles with Cormac. The closing notes resulted in a tremendous ovation and the pattern was set for the evening as the audience responded and radiated their admiration and appreciation for Anna in particular. She was clearly moved by the crowd reaction and suggested they should accompany her throughout the tour, even discussing the logistics of such a proposition!
Anna's superb vocals punctuated the set with personal highlights being 'Everyday Cynic', 'Yorkshire Tea' and in particular 'America'. Pick of the tunes included 'Esta Levista', 'Escobar', 'Everywhere' and the aptly named 'The Beast', which clearly tested the dexterity of them all to the limit, but as with the whole performance was brilliantly executed. Kevin's understated guitar work is clearly the band's engine-room, but he was let loose to sing a fine version of 'The Music Bringer'. Cormac's spectacular performance was accompanied by a perpetual smile as he generated a variety of rhythms on bodhran, drum, tambourine and other objects unknown to this astonished observer, many struck with a variety of "sticks" which included a cut-down toilet brush, which had never, it was stressed, been used for its intended task !
Towards the end of the show Anna had brought us all down to earth with a bump by her impassioned plea for more blood donors, explaining that without the donations of that precious commodity she would not have been there to entertain us.
In conclusion the band members all remarked afterwards on the amazing rapport with the audience and its uplifting effect on them. It had been another outstanding musical night in rural Sussex."
(Check out Anna?s beautiful voice on
Wednesday 25th July ? Nomads / Barber & Taylor ? 01227 272042
Saturday 28th July ? Uiscedwr / Queensberry Rules ? ?
Box office open Mon ? Sat 10am - 12noon
Please come along....
Talking of Festivals??.. Next weekend?.. Wye Fayre
quote from their website...
?WYE FAYRE, our perfectly-formed 5,000 capacity festival of music, takes place 6-8 July 2007 in the Kent countryside. We've got a stunning line-up of established and up-and-coming international bands and artists with all the festival trimmings you'd expect and plenty of surprises.
100+ acts on four stages. Folk. Rock. Indie. Electronica. Blues. Americana. Psychedelia and Raw Grooves. Comedy. Real Ale. Lager. Wine and Cocktail bars. Great Food. Alternative therapies. Free camping and parking. Withersdane Hall, Wye, Nr Ashford, Kent TN25 5DA"
There?s some great artists there ? Damien Dempsey, Kate Walsh, Nizlopi, Coal Porters are a few I?ve come across, lots more to discover too. Wish I could go but its Show of Hands Abbotsbury Festival in Dorset as well..... too much choice!!
Must do some work before the kids get home.
Have a great weekend whatever you're up to.
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