|Estere - Photo Tim Gruar|
|Richard Thompson - Photo - Tim Gruar|
Public Service Broadcasting brought their own corduroy cool and Airfix-kid geekery, complete with ‘40’s newsreels and tv snippets of cosmonauts.
The ‘Mighty Lion, Senegalese sensation Youssou N’Dour was a worthy, if slightly stock-standard showman. I expected more than a cookie cutter festival effort.
|McKenzie Interviews Estere - Photo Tim Gruar|
|Thomas Bartlett (The Gloaming) - Photo Trevor Villers|
|Flip Grater - Photo Trevor Villers|
|Sinead O'Connor - Photo Trevor Villers|
|Bridget Kearney (Lake Street Dive) Photo Tim Gruar|
|Osadia - Photo Tim Gruar|
WOMAD is over ten Year’s now and a permanent date in my calendar. Every Year the line ups get better. I’m sure I missed a few things, but given the size it was bound to happen. One even no one missed was the Adios performance of Qrquestra Buena Vista Social Club. Down to four of the originals from the Ry Coder days they showed utter professionalism and grace. 84 year old Omara Portuondo was the consummate show woman having the time of her life. Through torch songs, tunes of celebration and a raunchy version of ‘Perhaps, Perhaps’ she wooed her crowd, like no other. It was the perfect way to finish as I walked back up the hill to the car, with the crowd’s cheering in my ears, for the long hall back.
|Qrquestra Buena Vista Social Club - Tim Gruar Back Stage at the Main Stage|
|Public Service Broadcasting - Photo Tim Gruar|
|The New Lye Ly Wing of the Govett Brewster Gallery getting close to completion|
Many Thanks to the Ladies at the Label - Lisa and Lucy : http://thelabel.co.nz/, Trevor Villers (photographer - http://villers.co.nz/, http://www.ripitup.co.nz/, Taranaki Arts Festival Trust (http://www.taft.co.nz/artsfest/artsfest-welcome.html)