A new festival in Groningen: the Rumbling Earth festival, with musicians playing in various open locations all over Groningen. I was browsing lovely new road bicycles most of the afternoon, so I wasn’t able to see a lot of it and as it started raining at the end of the afternoon I cut my visit to Groningen a bit short, but… but, but, but… I saw three great acts anyway!
Songs&Whispers is a German concept promoting singer/songwriter, alt. folk and suchlike musical genres. It started early 2009 and has now also found it’s way to Groningen (and other Dutch cities). Entrance is free so there’s absolutely no reason for music lovers not to attend.
Tonight three concerts were held and as the Salsa dance lesson in the Platform theater hadn’t quite ended yet, attendants were also treated to some Latin music and Salsa dancing (me having two left feet and being rhythmically disabled, I opted not to try a dance myself as that would have gotten really ugly).
So after a small delay local singer/songwriter Tamar Lewis kicked off the evening. And of course I should have known that at some point my luck with the fantastic stagelight I had the last few gigs would end and unfortunately this was that time. I can’t remember the last time I shot a whole gig at 3200ISO, must have been back in the good old days of film :). Anyway, I missed quite a few shots finding some settings that would actually result in an image. Luckily Tamar, aided by Daniël, managed very well without me so although I didn’t get the shots I wanted, I did hear a great set of songs.
After Tamar’s set had ended and a short break English Katey Brooks (from Bristol) took over, mostly on acoustic guitar and sometimes backed by a guy on keyboard whose name I didn’t get. Again a lovely set of songs that ended way to soon.
A short break later Pollyanna was on stage, center singer and guitarplayer is French Isabelle Casier and on this occasion the was backed by Léa Le Meur on cello. A wonderful set made all the more special by a song on banjo unplugged style.
After this set Tamar Lewis took to the stage again, but as I had to get back to work the next morning and had to edit the photos for FileUnder.nl, I wasn’t able to stay any longer. All the sets I’ve seen were a joy to see and hear. It’s a fantastic initiative and it will return next month with three new artists/bands.
The location for the concerts was great too: the stage looked like kind of a small box, just the right size for a singer/songwriter with one extra band-member. If only there was one decent spot light for the musicians (well ok, for me actualy)
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