Small Nations

Thursday 29th June § Leave a comment

The last few weeks seem to have vanished in a haze of laziness. I don’t seem to have done anything more constructive than play music.

Today I received my ticket for the Small Nations, which is a tiny festival of around 800 people located on a farm outside Cilycwm which promises to combine everything from African rhythms, jazz, blues, modern folk, full on rock, electronica and drum ‘n bass and even comic opera. The really special thing about the festival are the international acts that it hosts who come from all over the world. We went last year as a family and it was superb.

To my joy I only recognise two of the acts in the brochure (I know this sounds counter intuitive but I love hearing music that I’ve never heard of before): Fflur Dafydd, who’s one of Welsh folk’s rising stars (and has previously played support act to Gruff Rhys of the SFA) and Dylan Fowler who is a friend of my parents (my mother plays the viol with his partner).

This years highlights for me look to be Nuru Kane(Senegal), Justin Vali(Madigascar), Chimanimani(Zimbabwe), Buddug Verona James with “Knife At The Opera”, The Strand(Cardiff) and Evi Vine(Irish) and a Jack White(presumably not THE Jack White).

Sorry if I sound as if I’m reading it of the leaflet (which I am) but it’s going to be such good fun.


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