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(Apologies to my FaceBook friends, who will get a sense of deja vu whilst reading this.)


Yesterday was fantastic. I'd been monitoring the forecast on weather.com all week, and cringing at the "showers" that were predicted for yesterday. However, while the day dawned overcast and cool, it warmed up considerably and rain never made an appearance (although it did get pretty humid). I arrived at the grounds by 9:10ish (after an hour's drive) and waited in the highly unorganized traffic line to get onto the grounds and pay my admissions and parking fee. That task done, I was able to go into the festival itself.

I pretty much spent the day in one of two major locations - the dance competition tent or in front of the main stage. Saw a fair amount of the dance competition (and took lots of photos). Also saw a bit of Coyote Run's set (http://www.coyoterun.com/) - not bad. Loved the use of the Australian didgeridoo during their performance. The guy playing it was awesome. I really enjoyed listening to Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas play (fiddle and cello, respectively). Alasdair went off and did a 5+ minute stream-of-consciousness solo that was absolutely incredible.

I spent a good amount of time talking with David R Ross, a Scottish historian (http://www.davidrross.org/). He travels around Scotland (usually by motorcycle), investigating bits of Scotland's history and tying various events in to the landscape, trying to figure out where things were most likely to have happened. He's written several books, of which I've read two (and now have three more on deck). I imagine his style of writing wouldn't be to everyone's taste - there's more than a fair amount of Scottish nationalism evident in his writings - but his books are entertaining in addition to being informative. He's fun to talk to, and at the end of the day when I was saying farewell, he told me to let him know how I like one of the new books I bought, and gave me a big hug and a kiss. :)



However, my main reason for going to Williamsburg yesterday were these guys:



This is Albannach (http://www.albannachmusic.com/index.html). The members hail from the Glasgow and Pitlochry areas of Scotland. Albannach is Scots Gaelic for "Scottish" or "Scotsman". They are, from left to right: Aya, Jamesie, Donnie, Kyle, Jacquie, and Davey. They are a VERY high energy percussion ensemble that has a primal sound that either drives you away or sucks you in. I'm one of those that's been sucked in. I'm hoping like anything that we can get them to come play at 4QF - I think they'd go over REALLY well! The Williamsburg venue is fantastic for photography, as the stage is out in the open and has a mostly western exposure, getting the afternoon/evening sun. Therefore, the lighting is great. The fact that the band members are pretty photogenic doesn't hurt, either.

Aya



Jamesie



Donnie



Kyle



Jacquie



Davey



Here's my favorite shot of the day. Aya and Jamesie feed off each other during the set, and you can easily see from this photo how much fun they are having.




Got to talk with Davey a bit after the second set, and I was surprised when he remembered me from last year (we spent time talking then, too) - it's not like they don't meet hundreds of people during the year.

Anyway, it was a wonderful day, filled with music, dance, friends, storytelling, and a sincere wish that it didn't have to end. Can't wait for next year - I may try to plan ahead and reserve a campsite there so that I can partake in the evening ceilidhs ([livejournal.com profile] etainwilson, you think you want in on that?)


Rest of the photos can be found here: http://lothiriel.smugmug.com. Enjoy!

Date: 2009-10-04 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] etainwilson.livejournal.com
Ceart gu leòr! (which I think means You Bet otherwise the internet is lying to me...)

Date: 2009-10-06 02:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-samosaurus.livejournal.com
That all looks so awesome!!!! Thanks for sharing! :D

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