It never fails to amaze me how a village such as Priddy can regularly organise quality entertainment for the community, attracting top artists from far and wide.
Back of the Moon, from north of the border, have had numerous accolades bestowed on them since their formation in 2000.
Theirs is a well-earned reputation, based on brilliant musical virtuosity and superb harmonisation between all four group members.
|A packed Priddy Village Hall|
Gillian Frame, from the Isle of Aran, is the focal point of the group - her talent on the fiddle is matched by a lovely voice.
Gillian won the prestigious Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the year award in 2001. She has used this as a launch pad for her career, which continues to blossom.
Gillian is ably supported by Ali Hutton (border pipes, whistle, and bodhran), Findlay Napier (guitars and vocals) and Hamish Napier (piano, flutes, vocals and stepdance). Ali's repertoire on the border pipes is an amazing experience for the ears.
Despite the bleak February night, Priddy Village Hall was almost packed to the rafters, with a very appreciative and discerning audience. The encores alone could have lasted for days.
Multi-talented KTB had opened the proceedings, singing a wide range of her own compositions.
|KTB wows the Priddy audience |
Having watched KTB over the last four years at Priddy, I am delighted to report that her voice seems to improve with every hearing, as her instrumentation develops too.
Her songs range from the whimsically comical, such as Five Years Old Again and My Grandmother Wouldn't Approve, through to the heartbreaking How to Counteract an Attack of the Blues. The latter song was sung with great feeling and expression.
One new innovation from Katy is her use of a falsetto voice and scat-singing in many of her songs. This only enhances the enjoyment.
Both these artists will reprise their acts at this year's Priddy Folk Festival, which takes place between 7 and 9 July 2006, together with many other big names. These include Waterson Carthy, the beautiful Liz Carlisle and the mega hilarious Les Barker.
I'll be there - hope to see you too.