I seem to be consistently one festival behind at the moment…here’s last week’s as I recover from this weekend at Vig.
It was my first time at Skagen Festival. I’d heard so much about it, and was looking forward to it, partly because of its reputation, partly to see friends and colleagues I don’t see that often and partly because I was looking forward to playing the new Neil Brophy Band set.
When I arrived The Revellers were playing at the Havnescene. I love when bands mix folk and rock music, and when musicians have fun on stage. The Revellers did both, and with an infectious energy. Top musicians and top blokes. We spent quite a lot of the next few days in the company of one or more reveller (and they all lived up to the name!). I saw them again on the Torvescene on the Friday night and they were even better – it suited them being a little closer to the audience. And they had a guest appearance from the fabulous Perry Stenbäck on Nyckelharpa which was fantastic. He let me have a go on it the day after – and, goddammit, now I want one!
Other top highlights were Australian Toby Beard who rocked the Havnescene with her great Dutch band, charisma and showmanship. Bullmilk Leftovers I enjoyed, Hawkeye and Hoe were better than ever (with Torvescenen eating out of their hands – or should I say drinking?), and The McLaughlins with Pia Nygaard did a great late night job at the sports club for those of us still conscious. Outside the festival Scoops did a blinder at The Old Irish Pub.
I enjoyed both of the gigs with Neil Brophy Band. The lads played grand and the new material went down really well. Fear of fear is becoming a live hit.
It was “good to see you” as they sing in Skagen…hopefully see you again next year!