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« on: August 11, 2018, 11:43:33 PM »

The weather may have been foul but this was a storming set to compensate, one of the best I have ever seen at Cropredy. They clearly had a ball. Should certainly have been on the bill before and deserve to be back soon. I have been saying for a long time that we should have more world music at Cropredy and this proved why. One of the best live bands there is.
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2018, 08:36:32 AM »

Totally agree. I loved every minute and intend to see them live again as soon as possible. Fab!!  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2018, 08:48:08 AM »

They are touring in November... Already booked for Manchester!
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2018, 09:02:06 AM »

One for the anoraks, what is the purpose of the bent ended drum stick (apart from hitting the drum!) used by the Sikh drummer?
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« Reply #4 on: August 12, 2018, 09:29:22 AM »


One for the anoraks, what is the purpose of the bent ended drum stick (apart from hitting the drum!) used by the Sikh drummer?

Iím not an anorak, but.....

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The drummer is the wonderful Johnny Kalsi
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« Reply #5 on: August 12, 2018, 11:03:01 AM »



One for the anoraks, what is the purpose of the bent ended drum stick (apart from hitting the drum!) used by the Sikh drummer?

Iím not an anorak, but.....

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=4&ved=2ahUKEwj3rY78i-fcAhVKQ8AKHa87DWUQFjADegQIARAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fen.wikipedia.org%2Fwiki%2FDhol&usg=AOvVaw2PxgohaTjrMrVlJroqHayg

The drummer is the wonderful Johnny Kalsi


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« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2018, 12:47:11 PM »

They have to be booked again.
Their style of music played with such enthusiasm, deserves an audience that isn't huddled there in many layers of waterproofs.

 


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« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2018, 01:10:47 PM »


 deserves an audience that isn't huddled there in many layers of waterproofs.

 


Can you arrange that next year please!
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« Reply #8 on: August 12, 2018, 01:12:18 PM »

Very good, although the sound was too boomy near the front. Much better up the field a bit. Also not sure that any band really needs four drummers!
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« Reply #9 on: August 12, 2018, 01:42:05 PM »


Very good, although the sound was too boomy near the front. Much better up the field a bit. Also not sure that any band really needs four drummers!


Yep, agree about the sound, but didn't go to the back so no idea if it was better there. Despite that, best I've seen from them, but I missed the big Guinean chap with the phallic guitar thingy that I can never remember the name of.  He's a brilliant performer under his own name too, which might be N'faly Kouyate or some such approximation.
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« Reply #10 on: August 12, 2018, 03:38:51 PM »

Only came across them when I went to the BBC Folk Awards a couple of years ago and they played a couple of songs there. Brilliant act and did a superb job in the face of appalling weather. We were half way up the field and the sound was just about right there
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« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2018, 05:17:43 PM »

I have seen them many times and due to their practice of adding different musicians to the main core of the band each time has been different.
This time the addition of the choir was absolutely glorious.
I may have been sat half way up the field, freezing cold and wracked with pain in the pouring rain, but I had a bloody great grin on my face!
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« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2018, 06:05:03 PM »


Very good, although the sound was too boomy near the front. Much better up the field a bit. Also not sure that any band really needs four drummers!
Oh they do! The more drummers the better!
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« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2018, 06:10:00 PM »

Yes, they were great. My friend didn't like "the jigs and the bagpipes" but I thought they were a terrific balance to the almost set-long drum solo, enlivened by having so many different styles of drums and drumming. A particularly good showpiece from the bodhran player mid-set.

The set *nearly* kept my mind off the really quite atrocious rain!
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« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2018, 08:31:24 PM »

Highlight of the weekend, those voices! Looking to book in the autumn.
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« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2018, 08:37:12 PM »

I thought they were belting!

The bagpipe player made me wonder if he was emulating a fusion of his own - Bon Scott and Brian Johnson with flat cap and bagpipes!  :-)

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« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2018, 08:38:22 PM »

Really good band, atrocious sound, bass making the speakers f**t badly.
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« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2018, 08:51:26 PM »

I thought the ball was overpowering the entire weekend Sad

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« Reply #18 on: August 13, 2018, 12:15:42 AM »

Really good stomping and inventive stuff. The only thing I didn't like was the drawn out percussion solos that (IMHO) sounded like a well-played version of what floats across Field 8 at the end of the night. Apart from that,  brilliant.
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« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2018, 01:08:10 AM »

Ref the sound I spent the first half of their set at the top of the field having a massage and the sound was superb up there, but where we were sat to the right of the sound tower you couldnít hear the vocals (for many of the acts).

I suspect the weather had everything to do with it and Iím not sure of the answer but a good sound technician should know.
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