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there on stage, as is his humour, critiques of society and personal blurts to introduce each song. His performance is one of the best things I’ve seen in a long time. He’s playing new and old songs and I love it, it’s intense, it’s blues, it’s worthwhile to stand for ages ahead of the concert just to be right in front of the stage. Gil Scott- Heron – simply fabulous!


assing the Siam Tent I hear Justin Adams give a thank you to Charlie Gillett. So I stop… is it out of respect, or to show some gratitude, or simply to


send a wish out there and a thought? He was greatly missed. Charlie Gillett, the kind man with the kind smile, who had a passion for music and made Womad so much more enjoyable by his mere pres- ence on site. I truly believe his spirit lives on. His memory definitely does and the old Saddlespan stage has been renamed after him, where we could see bands you’ll know from fRoots covers like Los Chinches and the colourful Rupa & The April Fishes.


Womad was in its 28th year, and thanks to this festival people make annual pilgrimages from all over the country to camp and take pleasure in the music of artists who have travelled much further than them. It’s a festival with music for all tastes. All ages and all kinds of people are gathered in this big country estate – babies, youngsters, parents, couples, teenagers, retired people, all nationalities, all together. It is the time to connect and reconnect, with the earth, the time and the moment. The old folk music and the modern folk music, the classical and the contemporary: Womad is a way to connect it all with the earth and nature. We all feel so much better from coming together like this to listen to the music.


And as Womad weekend comes to an end, the impressions and musical experi- ences are so grand and many that I need to give my mind and eyes a rest. It’s a good thing it only lasts this long, as I don’t think anyone has the energy to take in any more! The festival with the happy and friendly atmosphere is over for another year, but in my head I carry a patchwork of music and meetings that brightened up my weekend, a souvenir I will cherish until I visit this wonderful festival again.


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