It's been almost two weeks since the Woodford Folk Festival wrapped up. But we've used this time to think back on the festival and put together a list of the top 7 bands we covered during those six crazy days. Presented in no particular order, these are the seven bands that rocked our sweaty socks.
Stormchasers chase the afternoon clouds away from the audience's minds with their quick stepping soul and funk hybrid sound. It's an exuberant performance from the 7-piece band that gets the dancers moving and even convinces my weary body that it needs to get up to jig along.
Day Four and it's a trip down nostalgia lane by way of the 80's rock-pop tunes of Gangajang belting out. The music and members might be old but there's still an undeniable power behind them both, the band's poetic lyrics and rocksteady beat contributing to both. Just to prove it's not just for the oldies to rock out to, the kids are allowed up on stage for a number, with a gruff reminder 'not to touch nuffin', and then to finish it off, it's the ringing chords of the iconic red-dirt anthem "Sounds of Then".
What better way to start the day than with bagpipes over toast and some of Scotland's finest?
Day two started with a struggle out of bed but it was worth it to catch the Marko Deferri Duo. Nimble violin danced in and around the stately tones of the accordion, as the band started with some older Jewish heritage pieces. But the feet and fingers really start flying as the two of them continue into tango territory with the accordion matching the violin note for note.
The dust and colour engulf you as you wander through Woodfordia. It's a cacophony of the absurd, the homely and the natural, and I haven't even started on the music. My day truly started with the worst part of any camping festival, the setting up of the tent. With this out of the way, it was time to delve into the festival for real.
In my final day of Splendour in the Grass for 2011, it was the main stage calling: with one of my favourite bands playing (Pulp), I was determined to get a spot early in the day. And so I did! But unfortunately this meant I was going to miss bands like Young The Giant, The Herd and Noah and the Whale - but that’s in the name of it isn’t it? Thankfully the main stage featured incredible musicians from start to finish.
After a long journey up from Sydney, it was finally time to embrace the sweet sounds of Splendour in the Grass for 2011, which had returned to Woodford for the 2nd consecutive year. Unfortunately, the usual logistical delays of picking up our campervan kept us from enjoying some of the early sounds of the day, so my festival kicked off with Perth heroes Jebediah.
We saw some amazing local and interntional talent hit the stages of Splendour in the Grass on Saturday. In the first batch of photos we take a look at local heroes Architecture in Helsinki, Seeker Lover Keeper, Sparkadia and The Jezabels alongside international guests Cut Off Your Hands, Dananananaykroyd, Fitz and the Tantrums, Regina Spektor and the one and only Jane's Addiction.