Last weekend was time for the Dumfries Folk 'n' Ale festival again. Veterans of this blog may remember last years festival here. I wasn't at quite as much of it this year's as I had expected. A small tweak of circumstances meant that I drove through from Kirkcudbright on the days I was here rather than camping as planned. Still, I was there all day on the Saturday and for it starting, at the folk club of the Thursday. I also managed to slot the folk session at the Masonic in on Friday evening as a bonus.
The guest band at the folk club on the Thursday were Rudiegin. Visit their Myspace profile here where you will find a few tunes by them. Bit of a session afterwards as usual - it was well after midnight when I left to make my way back to Kirkcudbright.
On Saturday there was a concert at the Plainstanes in the middle of the town. Most of the people taking part were members of the Baw-Bee folk and blues club. Whigmaleerie kicked off the afternoon with a big pile of reels, jigs, and all sorts of other dance tunes.
A few tunes from yours truly.
I should thank my niece for taking these pictures (well I can hardly play and take pictures too). She took this bit of film too.
Yowan Byghan is the folk club's Cornish representative. I can't find any tunes from him online but I see he has a blog here.
Darcy Da Silva played a few tunes with Tasmainian fiddler (he lives over here though) Malcolm Bushby. Here's a tune written and sung by Darcy. She plays the piano on this by Malcolm.
Kenny Simpson has a show on TD1 Radio in Galasheils every second Sunday. He also plays a pretty good tune himself. Here he is.
No sign of Billy Henderson on the internet. He's one of the founders, perhaps refounders as it existed many years before, of the Baw-Bee folk club in Dumfries and a full well of guid Scots songs.
John and Rona Carson (on the left in this picture) are also founders of the folk club and I would be surprised if a stone dropped into John's well of songs would reach the bottom any time soon. Together with Gus on fiddle they make up Uisge Beatha (I'm most surprised to find Youtube quite devoid of their presence or can I just not find it?). On Saturday they asked Alec Cook (my next door neighbour) to join them on Bodhran.
There's no denying that Gus is a fine fiddler nor that he is a timid and shy creature. Here he is playing a a wee composition of his own.
Several of the pubs had sessions on through out the day - I have to say I didn't take many session pictures this time round.
That's a bit cheerier.
Gone to tea - Back shortly.