Rolling up, Rolling down, We all get drunk in Tilbury town, Twenty-four hours to turn it round And go Rolling down the river
A sudden flurry of e-mails from Mel asking if we could do a performance at the Lorient Interceltic Festival made us spring into action.
We had 24 hours to turn it round and appear on the Cornwall (Kernow) and Isle of Man stage. No time to rehearse. The Skipper was away. Time for Chanti to crank it up a gear, throw together a programme and give it our best shot.
The Festival Interceltique takes place in Lorient every year and lasts all week. There is Breton music, a funfair, Celtic music, street-food, dances, a book fayre, Rock music, clothes, bags, Punk music, jewellery, Shanties and yet more music. There are people playing harps and a variety of other instruments including air guitar.
This year’s festival was dedicated to Scotland. So as no-one in Chanti seemed to possess a kilt, it was on with the tartan corset and let’s go!
The festival takes place all around the town – it’s mostly free of charge, but there is one quay where entry costs 5€ for the week. (Get a badge & don’t lose it!) There are also headline acts on the principle stage which you do need to buy tickets in advance for.
Mel & Terry talk to the sound engineer.
It was a really fun evening.
Mmmmm – a real Cornish pasty.
We don’t usually eat before we sing – so we’re always starving afterwards. Once everyone had got the smell of mine, they couldn’t resist!
The port of Lorient looked beautiful as the sun set. Then, as it got dark, weird and wonderful stuff started to happen.
It has been estimated that 750,000 people attended this year. If you were not one of them here are some photos to give you an idea & flavour of the festival. (Photos taken mid-week)