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Steve, Phil, Billy and Kate

So I had my mini-festival last week with Show of Hands, Billy Bragg and Kate Rusby three nights in a row. And in short, it was amazing!

Show of Hands was in Pontardawe Arts Centre, and I went with Mountain Boy, YC, B, Ramblin’ Folkie and Mr Folkie (and we found P&P there). The venue has everyone sitting round tables on the ground floor, and the 8 of us were sat together on a table of our own, which was cool, especially when it led to some timely giggles. Show of Hands were on top form, with an impressive 10 instruments between the 3 of them (Miranda Skyes came on for the second half), all of which were played with fantastic skill.

Next was Billy Bragg. Its a long story, but basically A and I got complementary tickets courtesy of the venue. And very good tickets at that – right in the middle, about 8 rows from the front, in a large hall. Billy was great. I’m used to hearing his songs at silly am, on a friend’s guitar, at SCM events. But he was right there, with his music, political views and anecdotes – and the hecklers weren’t in short supply! When starting with The World Turned Upside Down and finishing with A New England you can’t go far wrong!

Finally was Kate Rusby. I’d never heard her live – I listen to her music regularly from my itunes, and heard she was something else live. But wow. She was absolutely amazing. It was in the same large hall, but this time we were sat in the second row from the front!!! She really was right in front of us! I went with a KateVirgin, which was cool because she thought she was great too. She had a very good, natural rapport with the audience too – although unlike the previous two nights, there weren’t any hecklers (coincidence or difference in audiences??). The best bit was the encore when she sang The Village Green Preservation Society and Sandy Denny’s Who knows where the Time Goes.

Feel Good List

I recently borrowed the Chris While and Julie Matthews CD, Here and Now, from a friend. It has lots of good music on it, but my favourite has to be ‘Feel Good List’ which is about all the things in the world that make you feel good. It reminded me of an ‘other things to think about list’ which myself and this same friend created for each other last year, and I decided to expand it into my very own Feel Good List:

* Greenbelt
* Spending time with good friends
* Martyn Joseph live
* Cycling around Swansea (the flatter bits)
* The beach and looking out to sea
* Chatting to and spending time with John
* Watching sunsets and sunrises
* Show of Hands in the Albert Hall
* Strawberry picking (and eating)
* Girlie pub trips with wine
* Kite flying
* Singing silly songs at SCM events
* Feeling like you’re actually doing something to help someone
* Karine Polwart, Kate Rusby and Cara Dillon’s music – preferably live
* Sitting on the top of a hill, having just climbed it
* Spending time with children
* Camping
* Feeling like I can be me
* Ice cream
* Laughing lots

There Were Roses, by Cara Dillon

My song for you this evening, it’s not to make you sad
Nor for adding to the sorrows of our troubled northern land
But lately I’ve been thinking and it just won’t leave my mind
I’ll tell you of two friends on the time who were both good friends of mine

Isaac he was Protestant and Sean was Catholic born
But it never made a difference, for the friendship it was strong
And sometimes in the evening when we heard the sound of drums
We said it won’t divide us, we will always be as one

There were roses, roses
There were roses
And the tears of a people ran together

It was on a Sunday morning when the awful news came round
Another killing had been done just outside Newry Town
We knew that Isaac danced up there, we knew he liked the band
But when we heard that he was dead we just could not understand

Now fear it filled the countryside there was fear in every home
When late at night a car came prowling round the Ryan Road
A Catholic would be killed tonight to even up the score
Oh Christ it’s young McDonald they have taken from the door

There were roses, roses
There were roses
And the tears of a people ran together

Isaac was my friend he cried he begged them with his tears
But centuries of hatred have ears that do not hear
An eye for an eye that was all that filled their minds
And another eye for another eye till everyone was blind

I don’t know where the moral is or where this song should end
But I wonder just how many wars are fought between good friends
And those who give the orders are not the ones to die
It’s Scott and young McDonald and the likes of you and I

There were roses, roses
There were roses
And the tears of a people ran together

Thanks to a friend who has recently introduced me to more of Cara Dillon’s music. This song is so powerful and heartfelt. Its incredible. An eye for an eye that was all that filled their minds, And another eye for another eye till everyone was blind.

Show of Hands

Wow. I’ve just come back from a Show of Hands concert in Cardiff. It was great!!!! Just lots and lots of wow!!! Fab music, funny jokes and girlie friends. And lots of laughter – definately good after the stressful week I’ve had. I’ll leave it up to a certain, very excited Ramblin’ Folkie to blog properly about it, but I just wanted to say – wow!!!!! 😀 😀 😀