Review for fRoots Bridges Concert
Gerry & I got a nice little mention in the Guardian reivew below and I have to say it was a genuine pleasure to explore a a tiny bit of Greek music with Mavrika and also share our songs with them. We played on a song of thiers called Manamen, which was basically about a man who fancies lots of ladies from different Greek Islands and yet proposed to his favourite from the Island of Smyrna, a raucous ballad for which I dusted off the old hammered dulcimer. The second song of theirs we played was a beautiful Cypriot Wedding song, told from the Mother of the brides perspective and has such a sad and mournful quality; a mother loosing her daughter and feeling a little empty nest syndrome. Of our repertoir we sang Shipping Song and Katina came up with some beautiful names of Greek Waters and found a genuine clip of Greek Shipping Forecast to start the song off with. We finished our set with Katina and myself singing in harmony on a version of Scarborough Fair followed by a short bouzouki tune topped off by a good old Irish fiddle tune from Gerry to finish. Much fun was had and there were stunning performances all round with a hugely enjoyable finale of 'As I Walked Out One Midsummers Morning' lead by Eliza Carthy which was a real priviledge to be part of. Well done all at fRoots for a great concert and for 35 years of magazining!!