It was a real treat to see Talisman in Chai Wallahs, whipping the crowd into a gently laid-back frenzy with their Roots Rock Reggae set. Talisman are the “top British Reggae band of the 1970’s and 80’s who supported luminaries and legends amongst the likes of Burning Spear, The Clash, and The Rolling Stones“. They haven’t lost their touch.
Our first band of the day were 9Bach also on The Mountain Stage. We had previously heard them at Womad Festival and loved them then. The programme says: “(Bach made their name by taking traditional Welsh folk songs and recasting them onto a spectral and haunting canvas of sound.” A gorgeous way for us to start Sunday. Who can resist a song sung beautifully in Welsh? While we’re on the subject of fabulous Welsh singers check out Kizzy Crawford – a very talented 17-year-old singer/songwriter from Cardiff who has her first single out now. She recently played Glastonbury on the BBCIntroducing Stage and has just signed a recording deal with BDI/Bucks music.
A Sunday highlight on The Mountain Stage was the evening performance by headliners First Aid Kit. The Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Soderberg sang their way through their latest album ‘Stay Gold’ in front of their lush gold backdrop. Beautiful harmony and soulful lyrics. I bought the album and frequently have the songs from it playing round my head (what Shaun Keaveny calls an Earworm). A favourite of my 9-year-old daughter who constantly asks me to play ‘My Silver Lining’ on repeat in the car – fortunately it’s so good it can withstand this treatment.
Here endeth my Green Man posts for 2014. Only a month after it happened. Not too tardy!