Notwithstanding the rather shitty end to the festival (see Idles thread) which meant I was sitting out the burning and the fireworks in the first aid tent it was another great year. Musically the previous two years were better for me but there was still more than enough to keep me happy.
Settlers was great as always (apart from thinking I'd lost my wallet on tuesday evening - many thanks to Kirsty at the Horseshoe In Llangattock for reuniting me and said wallet). Monday night with David Ian Roverts and Jim Ghedi was as much of a treat as last year's session with Toby Hay and Gareth Bonello. nice to keep bumping into Toby during the week, he's a lovely guy. Not quite so lucky with our camping neighbours this year. First family arrived monday and cordoned off a huge area with police 'do not cross tape' - I mean how un-Green Man is that? Rest of them turned up on Thursday with about a hunfred children and woke me up every morning at around 6.30. The kids weren't bad it was their insufferably middle class parents doing all the yacking.
As always great to camp with longstanding Green Man mates, Elizabeth and Jack and their (extended) family and Rachel and Joe (who kept me up to date with the Test score). A very happy camp.
Lovely to bump into old friends (Johnny Pictish, peridot, blackcatista and, of course mr ray among others) with some regularity and chat to loads of new friends young and old.Major disappointment not to see Richard aka cyfarthfa again - expect he was being kept busy (also didn't manage to catch this year's Merthyr College film - hope it's going up on youtube at some point)
As always it is a week of pure escapism (much needed even more this year) where 99% of the people are thoroughly lovely (I'd have probably gron to like our camping neighbours in time) and it's always hard re-adapting to the 'real world'.
Musical issues dealt with on 5 best thread but I was more than pleasantly surpised by stuff I hadn't intended seeing but thought was really good. Villagers were outstanding, I fell in love with Anais Mitchell, and, after a rather surly start ('not making much noise are you?') Skinny Pelelbe was rather fab. Also loved Adwaith's set.Also great to see Mama's Broke after discovering them on the streets of the French Quarter in New Orleans four years back (have I mentioned that before?)
Food: loved the Oasis stall - great value and lovely people, crispy duck in Waled Garden also well tasty. Also big thanks to Cashells for keeping us supplied in the settlement and all week.
Stewards, security, litter pickers all wonderful as usual, all doing a good job and smiling throughout.
Thanks to Adam Walton MC'ing the Walled Garden for playing a Jim Ford song for me on Sunday evening,
Looking forward to mr ray's recordings - especially the festival highlight for me by a mile - the iconic (not a word I'd normally use - I'm not Mary Anne bloody Hobbs am I?) Richard Thompson. Good job I wasn't standing too close to ray when he played Who Knows or my blubbing may have made it on to the recording.
See ya next year!