Another day of sunshine was well received by all the festival visitors and locals, we can easily get used to this kind of weather although we probably shouldn't! And when you look at the forecast it's likely to stay the same, albeit a bit cloudier, for at least another week.
As we are experiencing very busy times over at the Islay Info residence we only had a few hours to spend on the festival this afternoon. We had to skip Bowmore unfortunately and decided to go to Islay House Square. There was a relatively new band (2011) called "Reely Jiggered" which we really wanted to see. The band consist of three members, two sisters who have a family connection with Islay, and a male member who is their cousin.
Their style is best described as, and this is a quote from their website: "To go to one of their gigs is to be taken on a journey through the streets of Mexico, the salsa clubs of Cuba, the furious fiddling of gypsies, and haunting melodies of Celtic Britain mixed with the soaring voice of a diva soprano, the beauty of acoustic instruments, revved up by driving bass lines, wah wah pedals and rocked up rhythms." It was a fabulous to hear them play and we didn't have to think long to buy their CD. If you want to know more about them and hear their music visit their website and listen to some of the songs in the media section. They are very good!! Continue reading....
The sun was shining and there was a wee breeze to keep the midges out and there was very relaxed atmosphere in Islay House Square. The fine ales, the food stalls, the many visitors and the fantastic music provided for a pleasant atmosphere. Did I mention Angela Paterson from Islay? She was singing on Sunday at Bruichladdich Day, I saw her yesterday at Laphroaig and today she was singing in The Square. What a great voice she has and what a talented and friendly person she is. Make sure to visit her website for more info on her debut CD or buy it on iTunes, on Google Play or in shops on Islay and soon elsewhere.
Reely Jiggered giving a fabulous performance
Islay singer/songwriter Angela Paterson
Sunshine and blue skies :-)