Sunday, 4 July 2010

Abbotsbury pix and videos

Had a great day yesterday at Abbotsbury, Show Of Hands' own one-day festival deep in the Devon Dorset countryside. It's a wonderful  setting - in a sub-tropical garden - and featured a cleverly produced line-up with enough variety to keep everyone interested, although I must say I just don't "get" Ade Edmondson and The Bad Shepherds. They are obviously a talented bunch of guys (now reduced to a three-piece following Maart Allcock's departure) but the covers of punk songs don't cut it for me. In fact, they don't cut it for the band, either, because they soon run out of punk songs and start doing rather better stuff by the likes of Talking Heads....

Anyway, there's a gallery of photos here and I've embedded a couple of videos below. Apologies in advance for the shaky camera work!

Rodney Branigan was a remarkable find. OK, so his trick with two guitars is a gimmick, but it's a good gimmick ... and the lad can really play. Given just one guitar he produces excellent music, including his self-penned songs.

Meanwhile, Spiro's blend of folk, jazz and classical themes was just right for a warm summer's afternoon with a glass in the hand. Maybe a little more variety in their output would help propel them up a notch or two, but the talent is definitely there.

Show Of Hands were excellent, of course. My only quibble was that a couple of their songs were decidedly unseasonal - Tall Ships and Innocent's Song - which are both winter songs. Why sing them in 25C heat in July?


menace said...

Abbotsbury is in Dorset not Devon!

FolkCast said...

Whoops! Sorry, subconscious SoH connection. Now corrected.