Friday starts off with a yomp down to the Unicorn for the traditional all you can eat for a fiver breakfast. Despite the temptation to take the sign at face value, I manage to leave feeling comfortably full, rather than absolutely bloated. It makes the walk back easier.
It's warm so I down a banana milkshake to keep the fluids up and then head to the Club Tent for the first event of the day, a Tom Robinson songwriter’s workshop.
It starts well; Tom
has a good rapport with his audience. He asks a few questions of them to see if
he's going to cover all they want to learn. It's an encouraging workshop as it's
more about self belief then te
Tom holds up
Victoria Beckham as a good example of what can be a
The conversation is intermingled with Tom's own songs. Some accompanied with guitar others sung unaccompanied. The important thing was he showed how the song evolved. Jot ideas down and come back to them. Nothing is wasted. Sometimes you have to write eight bad songs to get to a good one. You listen to some people's albums and you get the feeling some people record them all anyway.
There's a bit of a
There's a rumour that Joan Wollard, widow of festival founder Ken, is going to make some sort of commemorative presentation, during the Loudon Wainwright III Mojo interview.
As is often the case
The interview is a mixture of questions from Mojo's Phil, the audience and Loudon performing songs from his extensive catalogue, Needless to say it was the audience that asked the really strange questions.
One punter wanting to know the location of the dead skunk from the song of the same name. The questioning takes an even more bizarre twist when the follow up question asks if it got eaten as road kill.
Songs both serious
and humorous draw audience response, but the one that draws the most applause is
'President's Day' whi
concludes with the start of Stage One. Last Night's Fun are the openers this
year. Stage Two isn't starting until later so it's pretty
It's a good start a cross section of Celtic styles with a good mix of tempo and texture. Had it not been so hot, I'm sure there would have been more people up and dancing.
Jigs and reels mix with slower numbers, the band put a lot of passion into their music and it's rewarded by the response they gain.
All too soon they've
come to an end and the stage crew get to work setting up for The Broken Family
Band. The announcer mentions that there will be a
Iberian acts seem to have bad luck with transport to the festival. A few years ago Kepa Junkera managed to miss his flight so Edie Reader and Boo Hewerdine stepped in.