Tuesday, 2 August 2011


Last weekend I went to Womad. Its a world music festival in Wiltshire and this is the fifth year I've been.

It was brilliant, fun and sunny.

These are my three musical highlights.

1) Brassroots.

They are (as the name suggests) a brass band that play re-imaginings of songs. Very energetic and crowd pleasing. Halfway through their set I realized I've seen them twice before at local venues.

From where I was standing they looked like this...

2) Booker T. Jones

From Booker T and the MGs, he played a load songs for which the MGs were the backing band such as Sam and Dave's 'Hold on, I'm coming' and a song he wrote with Neil Young called Potato Hole. But the best bit was he said "I'm now going to play a song I wrote when I was in high school and recorded with Booker T and the MGs. Green Onions." and the crowds collective whoop as he started playing the riff.

Here is a picture. Booker T is on the left.

3) Gogol Bordello

They played last on the Sunday night and gave the festival a proper send off. Their high energy gypsy punk music went down a storm. I'm really glad I've seen them, I mean how many people can write a decent song that includes quantum mechanics.

This is what I saw.

Womad is still amazing to go to after so long, I don't think I'll ever tire of it.

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