Just a quick update of YouTube videos. 9Bach, the Welsh language band who offer a new take on traditional folk songs were excellent at the Womex 2013 event at the Millennium Centre in Cardiff.
Could it get any better? The short answer was ‘Yes’.
The sheer unexpected excellence of pretty much every act was a revelation. I don’t think it’s too much of an exaggeration to say that, with apologies to the National Eisteddfod, there can’t have been many better festivals/musical gatherings in our long and glorious history.
To think I nearly went to watch Graham Parker in Bristol instead of sampling Day 2.
No offence to Mr Parker, but it was without doubt the right choice. Another fantastic night out.
Womex 2013 is a trade fair/shindig for people who work in the world music industry to get together to swap tips, check each other out and, I imagine, like all these things slap each other on the back.
Each of the three days of the festival ends with about 15 acts playing a 45-minute set at one of five stages. Three are in the Millennium Centre in Cardiff’s Docks. Two are in the Pabell (tent) outside.
The timings mean you can only catch five acts per night. Night one was a cracker.