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Thread #113765   Message #2425248
Posted By: GUEST,Ralphie
29-Aug-08 - 06:11 AM
Thread Name: Review: Sidmouth '08
Subject: RE: Review: Sidmouth '08
OK. My thoughts for what they're worth.

First time at Sidmouth with no official reason for being there.
I will confess that my spiritual home is the Radway (Popular to Contrary belief, very few Irish tunes are played!) With occasional forays to the Volunteer.
It might be a well kept secret but the Rad is all encompassing, particularly to learners. Nothing better than hearing some really well played tunes to give inspiration.
Overheard two people in the High street.

Person 1. Where are you off to?
Person 2. The Radway.
Person 1. Not for me, they play all this complicated stuff!!

Highlights for me, getting to play with Matt Quinn (Dans son) for the first time, and hearing an amazing harmonica player (from the North East I think, didn't catch his name sadly.)

That's the beauty of Sidmouth, renewing old friendships, and being blown away by something new.

Yes, of course, the Anchor, The Swan, and every other fringe venue is equally important. Not my bag, but vital to the festival.
Interestingly, both the Rad and the Anchor have a Mid winter re-union, on the same weekend. Shows the commitment of both Singers and Musos to schlep all the way there just for a laugh.

As for beer prices.....I live in London....nuff said!!

Long may the festival continue.
"Nothing changes, It all stays the same"

Ralphie
(Didn't get to see the sea until the third day!!)