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Thread #139478   Message #3201522
Posted By: GUEST
04-Aug-11 - 06:27 AM
Thread Name: Sidmouth Festival as it happens
Subject: RE: Sidmouth Festival as it happens
Some of my many "Champagne Moments" so far:-
* Simon Ritchie step dancing on a rickety table top to the melodeon of Dan Quinn at the Arts Centre.
* The wonderful staging of Down The Lawson Track by Martyn Wyndham-Read, Shirley Collins and co. at the Manor Pavilion.
* The first time that I have seen Lady Maisery - in concert at the Woodlands - a powerful young group with a great future.
* The wonderful music of The Doyle Family. Father Simon on uillean pipes (Birthday yesterday when I saw him) and his three young daughters playing button box, banjo and fiddle - tight family music.
* Martin Carthy singing Mike Waterson's Bright Phoebus in a packed bar room at the Volunteer - What support he got in the choruses!
* The passionate and emotional renditions of Scottish ballads and his own beautifully structured songs by Alasdair Roberts at the Bedford.
* The Old Swan Band playing the band spot in the luchtime singaround at the Volunteer - mighty fiddles v. brass stuff!
* Whereever I have heard them - in concert or in informal session - the wonderful voices of three great Irish singers, Roisin White, Rosie Stewart & Jerry O'Reilly.
* Three top step dancers dancing together in their different styles - Lakeland, Sean Nos and East Anglian to Simon Doyles pipes.
* Thomas McCarthy - unassuming and underplaying his performances - but what a singer! What a find!
* The playing of Rod Stradling's band Phoenix in the bar at the Volunteer. They had a guitarist sitting in withn them - someone called Martin Carthy.
* Jez Lowe & The Bad Pennies in concert.

Many, many more but I can't jjust sit here writing about them - I've got to go out and experience some more.
However, the very top totally-blown-away-moment as provided by the ten musicians from seven countries and three continents of Ethno in Transit particularly at the end of their spot when they were all plting at full pelt for the dancing of Hannah James.