I've just got back from Aryfartle 2. Katy and Mikey were both ill which was a disappointment and I'm wishing them both a speedy recovery. Amy Corcoran and Snow stepped up to the mark and the evening was really, really good. It was great to hear Johny in such good voice, singing very different material from the songs he sings with The Band of Holy Joy: contemplative and beautiful songs about the Scottish landscape. Lovely. Amy was brilliant as always, piercing those big bubbles of self-delusion that people float around in; Gina was ferociously frank and stilled the noisy talkers in the corner with her energy. Snow gave us rock from the heart, her big voice and rapid-fire guitar playing making her a hard act to follow. Then Em asked the audience to gather around a table and played an art game that had a random element to it. The audience were intrigued and all joined in like children, throwing dice, taking chance cards and doing a lucky dip before admiring the thick book of photographs of her artwork and sculptures.
Thank you for coming everyone- Wilky you were missed again!
The next one will be in a different venue when I find a suitable one.