Record Store Day 2021Review
It is unfortunate that catching every artist on a multi musician event isn't always possible, but the short time I was able to be at the Record Store Day festivities at FarGo Village was a beneficial boost for me: hearing great music in the hot sun reminded me of glorious past times and made the experience that much sweeter than normal.
I regret not having the time to see much more than festival organiser & "Hot Music Live Presents" artist Sam McNulty open proceedings in his artistic guise as The Boy Who Invented Everything. Opening with a series of well received covers by artists such as, The Doors, Echo & the Bunnymen and James to warm things up, he was joined part way through by fellow HMLP musician Angelo Cardone to add filigree guitar parts and backing vocals to his original songs which will soon appear on his ‘From the Land of the Broken Hearts' album and frankly these went down just as well as the non-originals with the audience soaking up the heat along with their RSD purchases.
I should have liked to stay for Angelo's own set as I'm sure that it would have been as excellent as every other one I've caught in the past, but sadly on this occasion it could not be.
Equally, from the short bit I heard of Rowan Evans & from Candid soundchecking, no doubt I missed great performances from both, but with live music starting to appear with greater frequency, I don't think I'll need wait too long: indeed I have a ticket for the reopening of The Empire in a few weeks which will include a Candid set.
Thanks too to Chris Field for the sound: the space was a good one for music but with all the mixture of space, canopies & buildings etc, getting the mix just right for each of quite different acts cannot have been easy.