yes, I took maddy, the youngest (aka 'mad' or 'moo') to womad on sunday. i was so stuffed beforehand that i decided to put all of my energy into one day....
the highlights and lowlights......
- seeing the waifs live for the first time. apparently this weekend was the first time they've played together for a while and they were just wonderful wonderful wonderful (the girls just downloaded the chords for 'lighthouse' and we're about to try it in the lounge room - my harmonica playing may not be up to scratch!)
- kev carmody joining the waifs onstage for "from little things big things grow" faaaantastic, although kev didnt do enough of the singing. but we all sang along. I gather that the waifs are on his tribute album. i missed his solo show the day before.
- the mahotella queens - I first heard one of them on stage where 3 of the women were talking about their culture and music. she talked about HIV/AIDS in southern africa and about how their solution was to tell people 'no sex before marriage'. it was quite confronting for the Aussie crowd. then they sang a gorgeous a capella song. but their main stage performance later was completely wild. all decked out with headgear and colourful attire, these 60 plus year olds jumped all over the stage to a very hot backing band. just sensational.
- an all star jam with bill cobham on drums and a string of percussionists, instrumentalists and singers... we had congas, violin, sitar, a middle eastern bagpipe of some kind, didgeridoo and all kinds of percussion. this was indescribably good
- the start of the Kronos Quartet - who, i kid you not, did a rant about George Bush, and then played Hendrix's 'Star Spangled Banner' from Woodstock on strings!!!!! unbelievable. if you've never heard it you won't understand how Hendrix turned the anthem into a Vietnam protest - the Edge on 'bullet the blue sky' is a second best. I heard some other bits but the crowd was too big and I needed to sit down at that stage
- Augie March. the delight of the day. a 90 minute set, mainly from the new album, and they fulfilled my hopes by finishing with "This Train Will Be Taking no Passengers". Glen Richards voice just soared, and the band and their songs are such a wonderful mix of Nick Cave + Weddings Parties Anything + early Genesis or something like that! wickedly sublime, been looking around the house all day for the new cd to play!
- I heard a bit of Salif Keita and a few others. too much. too good
- saw the twins play in the parade (finally after 3 years!)
- I took one photo and then the batteries in the camera died. can you get batteries at womad? no.
- sitting in the dust all day and so today I've been dying from hay fever
- missed deborah conway and the backsliders and a bunch of others.
what more can i say.......?