To give myself something to look forward to for the summer, I've bought tickets to the Green Man Festival in Brecon. I’ve not “done” a festival before, so I’m not really sure what to expect, other than shed loads of top class left field bands and artists. A Bloggers dream, if truth be told; I am really looking forward to it.
One of the by-products of this is that I feel obliged to find out more (or indeed anything) about some of the artists on the roster, which in turn has introduced me to a whole bunch of new stuff. And the first of these, I thought I’d share with you.
Phillip Roebuck was not, as one wag would have me believe, captain of Somerset between 1986 and 1989, neither has he ever presented a Saturday morning children’s show. None of which will mean anything to the poor feller himself, hailing as he does from the USA. No, our Philip Roebuck is a genuine one-man band. Yeah really, bass drum on his back and everything… And if you don’t believe me, watch the video.
(And in case you think I’m breaking all my rules about only posting about bands that might conceivably play near Gloucester, I should say that not only is he playing Green Man but also a few weeks later the Slak Bar in Cheltenham. I’m hoping to see him both times…)
His website gives away no less than 11 free downloads, all of them using the banjo/bass drum combination, which might sound a bit repetitive but actually there is a surprising variety to the songs. Some are traditional revved up bluegrass songs, others more sensitive folk ballads, and others are almost hypnotic dance tracks. Give them a listen, and do watch the vid…
I’ll post more on Phillip later on in the summer, after I’ve seen him, but until then here are a couple of corkers to start off with…