A great weekend of music and fun

It’s been an eventful weekend, starting off on Saturday with Celia Briar and myself playing in concert as support for Barluath at the Big Whistle Festival in Bury. We had a really nice time, and were particularly impressed by the sound engineers who made us sound amazing!

On Sunday we hared off to Langdale Charity Folk Festival. First order of the day was the Bush Rush, which is a Kate Bush audience participation/flashmob event I run in partnership with my friend Lucy Reynolds. Basically we get people to dress up like Kate in the Wuthering Heights video, and perform the dance to Wuthering Heights. I was doing a solo ‘Rush’ at this festival, and had a great turnout. As always it made people smile and was incredible fun.

bevncelialangdaleLater on Celia and myself did a set in the main bar of the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. It is always a pleasure to support this festival, at which all acts appear free of charge. I am pleased to say that over £3000 was raised over the weekend for the festival’s adopted charities: Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs and the Great North Air Ambulance. Over £40,000 has been raised at the Langdale Festival for charity in total since 2008, which is an amazing feat and something I am always very proud to support.

I will leave you with a series of images of beautiful Langdale at dawn, taken not because I got up early, but rather that I stayed up all night…

 

 

 

Absolutely Legless in Evolène, Switzerland

I’ve just come back from a fabulous time playing at the Carnaval D’Evolène in the Swiss Alps.

11952931_1157779914238207_2254566689927942594_oThis was my second visit to Evolène as I played there last summer with the full Absolutely Legless dance troupe at Célébrations Interculturelles de la Montagne à Evolène (CIME). This was an international folklore festival, and included dance troupes from all over the world, including Bulgaria, Turkey and Mexico. It is such a beautiful place, and I will never forget sitting in the hot sun in a tiny village called Arolla right up in the mountains, playing music on a bright yellow stage with the most incredible backdrop you can imagine.

12654704_1674841712769607_7097458887396456300_nOur performances at CIME went down so well that the band were invited back separately for the Carnaval. It was such a privilege and a pleasure to go back to this beautiful region, where during our two visits we have made so many good friends. We toured the bars of Evolène for a week, playing tunes and singing songs, and generally having the time of our lives. One of the big highlights this time was playing on top of the ski slopes in the snow and brilliant sunshine. The chairlift was a bit hairy for the likes of a height-phobic person like me, but I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!

Thank you Evolène for inviting us back, we hope to visit you again!