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What???!!!! No salt and vinegar - and I thought you were a Northern lad!!
I thought Justin Adams was awesome!!!
The RP set was a puzzle. He staged basically the same lineup with the same musical ideas I saw at cambridge around 1999 or 2000 ie Skin Tyson, Justin Adams etc. This time with the addition of our Gambian friend, but how could the thin sound of Juldeh Camara's Ritti compete in the mix with two electric guitars? Rythmically RP is rooted in Rockabilly and Juju work quite well with that, but if he wants to play at events like Womad it seems about time RP experimented more, even if it just means diluting the rock guitar and inviting more different acoustic musicians from the Womad stable to play his existing material with him. Since the Alison Krauss album we also know RP can sing with others. That could give him another direction still
You will never please everybody.
Our extended group included people who were bored rigid by Plant and others who thought he was a highlight!!
I like blues so I enjoyed it but I agree with those who say it wasn't a headline set. I also agree with someone above who said manganiyar Seduction should have been the finale (also..if RP had been on "indoors" in the Siam Tent in the penultimate slot I think he would have created more of an atmosphere).
And to reiterate the "you can't please everybody" vibe....I thought gogol Bordello were awful and hope I never have to hear their music ever again...BUT...the crowd that gathered for them were clearly loving it.
Shellovski...on the subject of Gabriel in 2009.
I'm a huge fan of his but I thought that was an odd slightly flat set.
I loved it but i'm a hardcore fan.
I was aware at the time that it wasn't going down well. (TBF I think he hamstrung himself by leaving out hits he had played in 2007 so as not to repeat himself...which merely annoyed the non PG fans who only knew the hits.....and then by starting with a preview of the orchestral stuff which fascinated fans like me but clearly bored large chunks of the crowd.) He basically tried, I think, to please everyone, and ended up pleasing less people than if he had just not given a stuff.
When PG played in 2009, he did start very slowly indeed and his version of 'Boy In The Bubble' left his vocals a bit exposed to say the least. There would be a strong arguement to suggest the PG is not headline material on that basis however there is a thread on here requesting that very thing. Of course it's PG's gig and he is a superstar in his own right and for those reasons it would be churlish to suggest otherwise. We all moan about clashes in the program but it is essential to offer alternatives. Big names get top billing...if you don't like it then watch something else. I've said that PG's last performance did nothing for me but I've never lambasted WOMAD for such silly (and at the end of the day SUBJECTIVE) things.
@Baz - stopping smoking has helped me to taste my food again so I no longer need to hide the taste. I only add salt and Vinegar if the chips are crap and then usually I prefer to throw them away. Look after your heart.....Or at least find a better chippy! ;-)
@Mcgrooger - I am as northern as polar bears! Almost as northern as Cal & Del
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