Ballymena Does Womad 2014

On Saturday I attended something called Womad. Womad stands for world of music art and dance. I wasn’t sure what to expect at all.

The concert started about 7 o’clock up in a place called Ballymena north. I think it is like a community centre. There was a group who came from Zimbabwe performing too called Siyaya which apparently means on the move in English. There was lots of dancing and singing. There was also a jamacin too, who took people up from the audience to get them to dance with him. Youth groups were also involved with the music as throughout the week Siiyaya had been teaching them how to do the dancing and some of the singing. The youth groups were from areas where the young people had maybe got in to trouble in the past. I suppose it was something for them to do and was a good way of keeping them off the streets.

I loved how the concert was so happy. You felt like you were being sung to directly in each piece. There was just such a buzz about the place. It’s amazing what can be done with a few droums and the human voice. Even though you couldn’t understand anything sung apart from a few songs, it was still very lovely to listen to. It was a lovely end to community relations week 2014.

For something like this to come to Ballymena was just amazing. Ballymena is very close minded at times, or it has been in the past. Back in the 80s, the band ELO were going to come to sing at the Ballymena showgrounds. That was vetoed because the Ballymena counscil thought they were “Satanic” so Ballymena became a laughing stock for quite a while unfortunately.

I hope next year Womad will come back here again. It was bunged too.

As a side note, the guys from Siyaya came to our
Parkrun
That morning. They had sung to all the parkrunners before they left. I usually start at 9 rather than the half 9 start because Ushi likes to stop quie a lot along the course, so it gives us more time so that we can still come in with the others and catch up with everyone. Because i had missed Siyaya singing, they sung especially for me when i came back. It was quite weird. They litterally surrounded me so they could sing for me. I thought they would just sing, but they all got on the bench i was sitting on and sung a beautiful rendition of “The lion sleeps tonight”. I felt so privilidged, and i wasn’t expecting them to sing again for me at all.

I would like to thank everyone who made community relations week happen. I had also attended a workshop the day before on Polish culture which was also very interesting.

If you would like to hear some of the music from Womad,
Here is a clip

It was deffinetly a great way to spend a Saturday night!


The Script Number Three Arreena Tour

On Tuesday I went to the script at the oddisy. I saw the tickets when i was looking for something else, so dragged my sister along too lol.

 

I left Ushi with my uncles while we boogied away. We were sitting about a hundred yards or so from the stage. I braught the cane as i thought even though i was being guided, it might part the sea a bit. The security guards saw it and ushered us to the front of the queue. I normally don’t like using my blindness, but i thought it was nice of them to do that. The concert started at about half 6 but that was when the doors opened. The actual support act didn’t come on til about half 7. They were a dublin based band called Hudson taylor. They were good. They sung about 5 or 6 songs.

 

The script came on about 8 or that. Or maybe it was longer. They were absolutely amazing. I thought at the start that we wouldn’t hear them over the screaming fans, but we did. I couldn’t find a setlist but i think they sang:

The good old days

We cry

If you could see me now

Science and faith

I’m yours

Talk you down

The man who can’t be moved

Break even

If you ever come back

6 degrees of separation

Nothing

Before the worst

For the first time

And You won’t feel a thing for the onkore.

 

They really love their drink! They said before one song “If we remember tonight we haven’t had a good time” or words to that effect. Before they played “Nothing” which is about being drunk, they asked someone to call their x. They then sang the song down the phone to them. I bet the woman who got called was really thrilled and probably went mad telling her friends that the script sang to her. That’s what i would do anyway lol. I didn’t think they were serious, but they were perfectly serious!

 

We got home at around 20 to 11. I got greated with a massive waggy tail and i was so glad she was so happy with my uncle. He was very nervous but i knew he’d be grand. He said she lay at the door but i said she does that sometimes at home so not to worry. He hasn’t been so good in the mood department lately, so i think having her on his own was just what he needed. He adores Ushi and it’s so nice to see her bringing him out of himself. There was one day when we were last up though when even Ushi couldn’t help him when he was very very bad. I hope he gets better soon.

 

I’m so glad we went to the concert. It was a brilliant night!


Country Concert For Guide dogs

I just thought i’d let you all know about a country and western concert the Ballymena and Antrim branch of guide dogs are holding. It starts at 8 PM and there will be a raffle too. One of our local papers,
Has published a piece
About it listing all the artists who will be performing.

I’m not taking ushi because there would be nowhere for her to go if she didn’t like the music. If there was maybe a room off to the side or something i would have braught her and we could have sat there, but she can have a night at home instead.

I know alot of you probably won’t be able to come, but i thought i’d mention it anyway. It’s always a bit of craic anyway. I’m not really looking forward to it but i should be alright when we get there.

Maybe i’ll see some of you there!


Another Awesome Night!

Remember on
Wednesday
I said that i was off to see Pink that night? Well she was awesome!!!!

The concert started at about 5 o’clock, but Pink didn’t actually come on until about 8:30. We wanted to get there early though, so we left at about half 4. Even by this time the traffic was mad!!!

There was a bit of confusion though, as we thought that the concert started at 5, and finished at 8 o’clock. This wasn’t the case though, as we found out a couple of days before that there was going to be a fun fair type thing going on too. Anyway…..we got there at about a quarter past 5.  We managed to get up pritty close to the stage, I think we were roughly about 50 feet from it.

At the fun fair there was burger vans, a bar, loads of portaloos, and like a thing that was like a thing you sat in and got shot up into the air, and bounced about. We didn’t bother going to that part, as we only came for Pink.

A local DJ from
Cool FM
was there providing the music until the support acts came on. They came on at about half 6.

The first act, “City And Colour” were alright. They didn’t sound too lively though. They were listenable though.

About an hour later, a band called
Butch Walker
And the “Black widdos” came on.  These guys were rather mad!!  Butch Walker wrote a couple of songs with Pink, but i didn’t find that out until she came on later. Anyway Butch started banging his head off the drums and stuff during some of the songs lol!

At about half 8, Pink finally came on. She made her entrance by being hoisted up into like a box type thing. There were baloons attached to the box, and she was shot out of it by a big canon thing that burst all the baloons that were attached to the box. She then went swinging over the audience.

She was on for about an hour and a half, or possibly two. She didn’t have as many acrobatics as she did when she was in doors, but it was still awesome. On her oncore, she had like fire coming up from the stage, while she swung around the audience again.

I’m so glad that it wasn’t the exact same songs she sung. Well it was, but they were in a different order than when she did them last.

I thought it was gonna drag in since we’d be standing for so long, but it flew. I think because there was a wall we could lean against kind of helped.

I’m really glad i decided to go now. It was great, and at least the weather was good.

I wonder when she’ll be back next.