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Baby That's Really Free! - John Otway helps to get Monmouth Festival
Monmouth Festival kicked off to a terrific start on Friday 30th
July. Following introductions by Monmouth's Mayor, Anthea Dewhurst,
The most recent line-up of the 'Mighty Pledge' opened the event,
providing their usual brand of great soul music to a street
packed audience and were joined for an encore by original lead
singer, Gary Sutherland, having re contacted the band through
this web site. 'Selector' then took to the stage, entertaining
the crowd with their 'ska' music, including their '80s hit,
'On My Radio'..
my own era and to my personal taste in entertainment however,
I can only say that John Otway's performance on Sunday 1st August
was nothing less than brilliant and he has stolen the show for
me so far! Having not seen John Otway for many years now, without
his Wild Willy Barrett, I was not sure exactly what to expect
but with heavy metal guitarist (and recent Granddad) Richard
Holgarth, the pair kept the audience entertained with body drums,
a wire coat hanger and plenty of 'eadbuts.
than two chords and not only one, but two hits to his
name now, John was able to stretch both out over the evening,
incorporating his unique brand of humour. His
performance, particularly when the 'birthday present,' a theremin
made its appearance on stage, took me back to the halcyon days
of my youth and my regular Saturday nights at the Dagenham Roundhouse
to watch Arthur Brown's Kingdom Come, Black Sabbath, Hawkwind,
Deep Purple and even Pink Floyd once, with an entry fee of between
50p and a quid (free if you stood by the fire exit with a bag
photographs can be seen here.
Needle's New Volume Published - The River Wye, A photographic
essay from the source to the sea
This month sees the publication of photographer Barry Needle's
follow-up to his hugely successful volume, South Wales in Focus.
The River Wye is a sumptuous record of an amazing landscape,
rich in character, natural beauty, and history - a history in
which the Wye itself has played a vital part. In breathtaking
colour photographs, Needle captures the essence of the river
- its character and the impact it has had on the landscape through
which it passes - from its source high in the mountains of mid-Wales,
to its entry into the sea under the towering Severn suspension
combines his artist's eye for composition with enormous technical
facility, to produce a series of beautiful, surprising and endlessly
fascinating images of a landscape he has come to know intimately.
Along the way he takes in the delights of charming market towns
like Rhayader, 'book town' Hay on Wye, the gorge at Symonds
Yat, Ross on Wye, the cathedral at Hereford, the picturesque
ruin of Tintern Abbey and imposing Chepstow Castle. In between
there are mountains and woodlands, meadows and fields, valleys
and plains, ancient rural villages and riverside churches, and,
towards the sea, a working river.
The River Wye, a photographic essay by Barry Needle.
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included are exquisite images of: Llangurig, Gamallt, Llanwrthwl,
Builth Wells, Boughrood, Llowes, Whitney on Wye, Bronydd, Winforton,
Willersley, Staunton on Wye, Hoarwithy, Sellack, Bicknor, Monmouth,
Redbrook, Bigsweir, Llandogo and Brockweir.
Needle grew up in the steel town of Port Talbot where he served
his apprenticeship as a fitter. He became interested in photography
relatively late - aged thirty - when he was given a camera for
Christmas. Having had no formal training, Barry says he learned
the craft, 'Ňat the school of mistakes and perseverance - and
I still attend from time to time!' Barry is married, has two daughters,
and now lives in Llanelli.
the years, both of us being in similar fields, Barry Needle and
I have become good friends, although we have never met other than
by emails, sharing experiences. I wish you a great deal of success,
Barry - I know exactly how much hard work is involved and you
certainly deserve it! Barry also has a web site, 'South
Wales in Focus'. Why not visit him there? Barry Needle's book
may be purchased from good book shops or on-line from www.seren-books.com.