A Break From Intense (NAF2011)

musings of a professional dreamer

Photograph by Albert van Biljon
A trip to PE mid-intensity was the best idea I’ve ever had. The last week has been intense and epic (and the festival hadn’t even started yet!). With all the rehearsals, collaborations, pre-festival planning and poster-putting that has been going down, an overnight trip away from it all was just what I needed. It was a great idea getting to Grahamstown a week early (aside from the necessary rehearsals for Machitún) because I feel a lot more prepared for the week ahead. It’s also been quite nice to watch the town slowly come to life as more and more colourful posters fill the spaces and more artists and festinos start bustling in.

I’ve been fortunate enough to avoid any car trouble on the pretty extensive touring I’ve done over the past two years, so I guess it was inevitable that at some stage my car would have something to say about it all – or “not say” in this case as she wouldn’t start on departure for Port Elizabeth. Thankfully it was nothing major – just time for a new battery.

I know that in some cultures rain is a blessing, and I do like to count my blessings, although I can’t help but wonder what the deal is with my gigs in PE. It rains. Every. Single. Time. Wrapped up in a snug cocoon of cosy blankets while the wind and rain beat at the windows, I did manage to catch up on some admin that desperately needed some focussed attention before heading to the gig at Toni’s Place, the first of twenty shows on my “Winter Tour of Epic Proportions”. The venue was packed with an attentive audience who made my job super easy. It’s an absolute pleasure playing for an audience that really want to listen, and having been so caught up in music rehearsals for Machitún the last few days, a little pre-festival warm up show of sorts was perfectly timed. A huge thank you to Four Winds Folk Club for hosting the night and high fives to the rad lineup of artists who shared the stage!

Now, back to fest…


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