Well here's what happened
This report from Ted Comben
What would Easter
be without Miskin?
Checked in at reception and paid the ridiculously low price for a bunk in the Accommodation Hut and started saying hello to everyone there whom I knew and several new friends too. Then in no time at all, it was off to NeIIy Dean’s for an evening of song, laughter, merriment and, as far as I can remember, the continued renewal of acquaintances.
This year, just in front of where I was perched two young people (well everyone is young by my standards) looked at each other, very rapid conference; nod of heads, and off they went. They launched into a really funny song about King Arthur. I deduced from the slightly antipodal tarnish to the vowels that they were to be recognised as Australian brethren. When I asked them about the song, they told me that it had been the theme tune from a kiddies programme in Australia, which they had arranged for two voices. Now, it wasn’t just the song that everyone found so interesting, it was the amazing harmonies and the totally professional delivery.
I later learned that they were known
as Cloudstreet. Nicole Murray (flute, tin whistle and guitar) and her
singing partner John Thomson (vocals, and what vocals, and guitar). More
about them later.
Not noisy but it did mean that one
could hear perfectly all of the instruments and voices perfectly. “A
good addition Andy!”(Said everyone, including myself). The only
consideration was that more sober thought had to be given as to which
concert to attend and at what time.
Tori pictured here during a busy night at Llantrisant Folk Club
Tori had the almost unenviable task
of performing second after Ned and Pat. Tori specialises in beautiful,
almost mediaeval songs. She sings totally unaccompanied and with such
bell like clarity. Tori is a member of the local Llantrisant folk club
and this was her first time singing at a festival. There wasn’t
anything about Tori in the programme so I asked her for some personal
and historic details, along with her publicity pictures. I will be happy
to provide any details for club organisers who would like to contact her
and the Ceilidh in The Cottage
Our leader, Andy, looked great in his finery and Jan (with her van) made sure that all of the children had costumes especially for the procession.
Ian Hewitt had is precious dog dressed-up with yellow daffodil collar and all.
Siwsan George and her company in
musical format imparted this amazing knowledge to us during a half hour
presentation in Welsh and English in the Cottage on Sunday afternoon.
(Festivals are educational and informative as well).
Their CD is called “Violet Sarah and Muckle John”. Nicola wrote many of the songs on the CD and Nicola/John arranged the traditional tunes. I discussed their arrangement of ‘Famous Flower of Serving Men’ (they had no idea that it had been recorded by anyone so famous over here) and Nicola said that she had been “reading through a Child Ballad book one evening, and had decided that the mythology of a monarchy, and especially the cross dressing, would suit them for this trip.” I coughed and declined to comment further. If ever you see the name Cloudstreet on a fixture programme, you must go and see them. You will have to be quick though because Nicola and John are considering going back down under for a while.
I have never before heard such wonderful harpistry. Celtic music at its absolute best
[The fun carried on in The Windsor Arms in nearby Pontyclun where the Llantrisant Folk Club Hosted a day long Survivers session. A.J. ]
Thanks for those kind words Ted I really must get around to adding a few of my own before this years starts. For now here are a few random Miskin Moments