September 2nd, 2009

champs, molly

Returning to the Bunkfest

In an amazing turn up for the books, this weekend I shall be dancing at a festival. This time with Gogs at Wallingford Bunkfest. It's a couple of years since I was last there, so it be nice to go back again (unlike previous trips there I'll only be dancing with one team this time).

We're doing the interval performance in the Friday evening Climax Ceilidh Band ceilidh (probably around 9.15ish, which is annoyingly about the same time as Warblefly are performing on the Kinecroft) and then dancing around the town for the rest of the weekend.

On Saturday:

12.00 - 12.30 - On the Kinecroft Little Stage with Isisters
13.00 - 13.30 - Outside The Dolphin with Lumbawakk
14.30 - 15.00 - In the Market Place with Cry Havoc
15.30 - 16.00 - On the Kinecroft Big Stage with Wicket Brood

On Sunday:

11.00 - 11.30 - On the Kinecroft Big Stage with ATMD
12.30 - 13.00 - Outside The Dolphin with Beltane
13.30 - 14.00 - On the Kinecroft Big Stage with Borderline
15.00 - 15.30 - On the Kinecroft Little Stage with Shinfield Shambles
mellotron, music

Could Be Folk, But It's A Little Strange

As I mentioned previously, Strange Folk were a band I discovered at Ely Folk Festival. Having heard them, I couldn't resist picking up a copy of their EP and now it's top of the pile I get to hark on at you about them endlessly (well, perhaps not endlessly as I'm not sure LJ supports bottomless posts, but you get the point).

Although clearly folk influenced, they seem more on the rock side of the genre folk-rock. However, that said the vocals do sound fairly folky even if the folk influence in the rest of their music hides. Take away the guitars and replace them with a fiddler and a bodhran player sitting on a gate chewing pieces of straw and it would clearly be folk, albeit quite strange (perhaps that's where the name comes from?).

Rather than do that though they back it up with an incredibly talented rock guitarist, base and heavy metal influenced drummer giving it a bit of guts.

There's 3 songs on the EP, all of which can be heard on their MySpace page (the 3 on the EP are "The Portrait", "Turned to Stone" and "Voices from the Lake"). Of the three "Voices from the Lake" seems to show them off the best with both the folk and rock/metal influences showing through.