Rob Leggatt: So much good music in so many different places at Port Eliot this weekend so not sure I could choose just one tune... First up it was such fun to play at the Hole & Corner tent as part of the Amateurism crew. I’m not sure any of us knew exactly how H&C would pan out when we started - music in a craft tent - how does that work? But it went superbly, gradually evolving into a radio-style show with guest selectors dropping in to play for a couple of hours at a time. Everyone played in synergy with the artisans working and speaking in the tent, respecting sound levels and keeping the vibe positive and generally pastoral and mellow but always specific.
Things I can recall that seemed to work from that part of the day: Traffic - Dream Gerrard, Moondog - Marimba Mondo 2, Leon Russell - Out In the Woods, Penguin Cafe Orchestra - Air A Dancer, some lovely Brazilian thing that Pete Fowler opened up with. My son Billy playing the Faces Ooh La La was a personal highlight.
After the bands, who were all superb, I loved the way that the H&C tent gave itself over to a works disco. Playing records, drinking ale and dancing with the makers, the workers and the tea bar crew was a highlight. LUPO Keep it up (that’s the silly one Stephen liked) Public Enemy - Harder Than You Think. Foremost Poets - Moonraker, Messa by Alma Negra.
Caught By The River was super fun too, and LUPO sounded good (again) in there, the Peter Black remix of I Zimbra, Machistador by M was a big hit with the girls, as was a re-edit of Party Party by Mr Q via Mr Wiggs.
If I had to pick one? Public Enemy - Harder Than You Think because it was Billy’s request and it dropped so hard that it stunned him into silence. Or maybe that was my Flavor Flav impression on the stage?
As Stephen already chose Public Enemy, we have two alternative selections from Rob for daytime and evening:
Traffic - Dream Gerrard