Mudcat Café message #3202569 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #139478   Message #3202569
Posted By: GUEST,SteveT
06-Aug-11 - 06:58 AM
Thread Name: Sidmouth Festival as it happens
Subject: RE: Sidmouth Festival as it happens
I'd rather have put these comments on a feedback form but they seemed to be in short supply last night and I can't find anywhere on the web-site to download a form or give feedback. (I'm sure they can't have overlooked this but I'm not very technologically minded so if anyone can put up a link I'd be grateful.)

Highlights

The daily Ballad sessions at the Woodlands. Lovely venue, well run (my wife commented on her visit how supportive and friendly everyone was) and with some of the best singers around. Add to that a knowledgeable MC and clientele and the opportunity to hear these wonderful songs that usually get squeezed out of folk clubs and singarounds and you have the perfect way to spend two hours each day.

The Irish Roots concert. Amazing dancing from Brian Cunnigham and great singing from everyone. I knew I'd be hearing the best from the established singers and musicians but the Doyle family of young musicians were excellent and Nell Ni Chroinin is outstanding. I especially enjoyed the second half with them all sharing the stage, taking turns to perform. I also thought the sound was superb. In general I hate amplification with its volume and distortion and, in particular, I hate singers who glue their lips to the microphone. At this concert the microphones were well away from the performers and the sound and set up made you feel as if they were all sitting in your own kitchen with you.

If I've got any minor criticisms of the week or other events I'll keep them to myself in a public forum overall it was great; (just sorry I made it to the Middle Bar so seldom this year). Still, well done to all involved.