Monday, 18 July 2011

Post festival blues
Photo: © G L Wilson, 2011
Please forgive the lateness of today's blog post. I've been at Guilfest all weekend, and haven't long returned home after a long journey. (The weekend's blog posts in my name were scheduled beforehand on Friday). On Saturday, the act that struck me the most was Alice Gold (pictured above). She normally performs with a band, but her bassist was involved in a motoring accident (and is thankfully OK), so she decided to play a solo set - just voice and guitar - and she was brilliant. Thanks to David, my brother in law, for the recommendation!

Another highspot of the day was watching Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel who actually finished their set with their biggest hit, "Make Me Smile (Come Up and See Me)", a song which I heard he rarely plays live - or else does a reggae version. The acoustic guitar solo played by Robbie Gladwell brought a tear to the eye. Fantastic!

Photo: © G L Wilson, 2011
Sunday's highlight, for me, was Public Image Ltd. John Lydon was on good form and supplied the quote of the weekend with, "It's nice to see so many children. Your children are safe with Johnny..." Guitar duties were taken by Lu Edmonds, who played electric saz on several songs and on "The Flowers of Romance" also employed what looked like a 12-string banjo played with a bow.

G L Wilson

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