Just returned from another glorious and colourful Fire In The Mountain, where we were hosting workshops, playing for square dances and joining in the general fun and frolics that goes down in the valleys of Wales. We got to play with some amazing old time musicians, not least among them the Foghorn Stringband. Also there was Ben Keogh and Tim Rogers, two of Ireland’s top old time players.
We got to see wonderful acts like Aaron Jonah Lewis and Lyndsey McCaw of the Corn Potato Stringband, as well as the Loose Moose Stringband, both of whom are playing at the Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival http://westportfolkandbluegrass.com/ from June 13 to June 15, which boasts a strong old time contingent this year, including fiddle and banjo duo Jock And Vera, as well as a special old time fiddle workshop with Aaron Lewis on the Saturday.
As much as we enjoyed hearing and playing some exceptional old time over the weekend, a special mention must go out to the manic ramblings of MikArtistic’s Ego Trip. This guy, from Leeds, caught our attention as we were en route to the Foghorn’s ‘stringband workshop’, with his musings about a plastic fox in his garden with a snail on its head. From there on, we were hooked on his ego trip, as he made up gaelic words, sang about cancer, how his guitarist Johnny ‘got an offer from another fucking band’ and anything else that came to mind http://www.mikartistic.com.
Also, a big thank you to those musicians and friends we got to hang out and jam with over the weekend and a BIG THANK YOU to the organisers, in particular Alan and Joe and Ed Hicks, who made it possible for us to get on over to Fire In The Mountain 2014.
Already looking forward to next year!