And what a privilege to play….
The people that organise the Woodford Folk Festival have taken a feather (pun intended) out of their Canadian friends hats and organised the Festival of Small Halls to promote touring, Australian and local artists at a Small Hall near you.
Originating in Canada, the Festival of Small Halls sees an Australian act (Starboard Cannons) and a Canadian act (Irish Mythen) playing at small halls on tour before playing the legendary Woodford Folk Festival.
My good mate, Tommy Feather called me up and told me he was the local opening act and asked if I could play lead guitar for him. As it was the opening gig of the Festival of Small Halls, and he’s a very good mate, I naturally accepted.
We were first up and Tommy’s talents shone through with a great response from his new home that just got better and better. Check out Tommy’s Two Birds on YouTube – live @ the Nymboida Community Hall.The community spirit was rife, exciting and comforting.
Irish Mythen heard our sound check and was suitably impressed, giving us some sincere compliments. We weren’t even sure who she was until she sound-checked after us and we swallowed hard. WHAT A VOICE and PERFORMER! Well at least we didn’t have to follow her…inspirational stuff though.
Then Ash Bell from Starboard Cannons started talking guitars with me – again we had no idea who he actually was.
What a surprise!! Following on from Irish, these guys rocked and rollicked the hall with a grand finale including Irish.
Transfixed, my good lady and I watched from the back of the hall and were chuffed to have played support for such fine artists.
The crowd were incredible homely and very supportive and everyone seemed positively charged as the hall began to dissipate at the end of the gig.
Thanks Tommy for the opportunity to play on some of your fantastic songs and I look forward to many more gigs, bro!
Thanks also to the fine folks of Nymboida and the Woodford Folk Festival for hosting such an inspired festival.
Much mushiness to youse all!