Tuesday 2 August 2011

WOMAD 2011

The 29th to 31st July saw 2011's WOMAD held near Malmesbury near Wiltshire. WOMAD is by far our favourite festival in the UK and there is something new to discover for absolutely everyone. Everyone's WOMAD will be different!

As last year, Sorazora was located right in front of the Charlie Gillett stage. Named after the late British radio presenter who helped promote world music, this stage had a great line-up all through the festival. Pictured below are Shunsuke Kimura & Etsuro Ono who entertained all with Tsugaru-shamisen and a Shinobue bamboo flute.

We would love to thank Kasia & Padro, who both agreed to let us show the world the photo below. Many thanks for your continued custom and we hope to meet you on the festival circuit soon.

Pictured below is Omara Moctar AKA Bombino! Bombino is a Tuareg musician from the Agadez region of Niger, at the edge of the Sahara Desert. This desert rocker has to be one of my favourite discoveries at WOMAD 2011.

Everyone was spoilt by the weather over the course of the festival with just a little drizzle on the Friday and bright blue skies for the remainder. WOMAD is not just a spectator's party as there are plenty of things to get involved with. TASTE THE WORLD is a stage where artists prepare and cook their favourite dishes with a side order of spontaneous music. Workshops were a plenty for both adults and children!

Bellowhead performed on the main stage on Thursday night and proved to all why they have scooped the Best Live Act at the BBC Folk Awards five times over. Pictured below is Jon Boden who provides Bellowhead's vocals, fiddle and tambourine.

Anyone who knows me will have heard me recommend WOMAD festival as a great all round family festival with more musical discoveries to be found than the rest of the entire festival season. For more information on this festival, please click here!