Really good event! I really enjoyed it but missed the company of the usual faces from this forum!
This wasn't just a gig, and had talks by three people on the subject of new towns and separation from home town.
John Grindrod gave a reading on his love of new towns from his book. Light hearted but very insightful, sadly he didn't cover the new town I was born and raised in!
Amy Liptrot also covered works from her newly award-winning book. She was incredibly open about personal battles that she had fought living in London whilst missing her homeland of Orkney. Maybe it is relevant to the evening that I do not actually miss my own hometown, despite living 11,000km away?
Finally, before The Magnetic North came on, Laura Barton gave her talk, peppered with lightness, keeping the audience fully engaged!
I didn't bring my wife as I thought that the talk/recital section would have been too difficult for her to keep up, which was true, but I really wish she had come as TMN were quite stunning. They commented that the volume had to be restricted due to the venue, but that did not hurt the performance in any way.
Pieces from Orkney and Skem were played, with string and wind accompanying them. Oh, and the drummer. He was the star of the evening for me. Tempo perfect and never intrusive. He did a fantastic job of injecting a unique energy into the set. Perhaps that is why Ms. Peel was dancing so much? Or was her dancing just a manifestation of how much of a good time she was having? They all looked so incredibly relaxed on stage.
The period pictures and film really worked well. I was torn between watching the visuals and watching the band! As a result, I probably could missed the best bits of both!
The band are a real delight to watch. I feel very lucky to have seen this event during my visit. I don't suppose there will be a Japan tour?
Now back to the real world in this Hertfordshire new town for another few days!