Pigstock 2012 - Farriers
Main Stage - 3:30pm, 2nd June
“You can slap your thigh to this…doesn’t have to be your own thigh!”
Farriers’ set was a full-blown harvest hoedown. It was five songs in before frontman Stephen Macartney announced, “So Long As I Can Stay” with the words “We’re gonna do one you can dance to!” – the frenzied straw-hatters had received that message loud and clear from the very first song. They have their own devoted, hardcore following but Farriers connected immediately with the whole crowd and it’s easy to see why - the music is built for the outdoors. The seeds were sown in the Appalachian Mountains in the 19th Century and travelled through 60s folk rock revivalism to create an expansive, harmony-drenched wash that is at once intimate and anthemic. Superb set!
Pro: A bit obvious, perhaps, but the harmonies in “Another One Riding” with the sun burning down. Blissful!
Con: Technical problems, beyond the bands control, saw the set delayed for 15mins. Thankfully, most people waited.