Rudry Festival 2016
There are promoters who put on big shows to make big money and see music as a means to an end. There are also a myriad of others who put on gigs simply because they are passionate about music and are lucky if they break even let alone make a profit. One such team is behind the Rudry Festival which made its debut this year. Situated in an idyllic location just outside Caerphilly the one day folk Americana boutique festival definitely made its mark. Complete with a village hall overlooking idyllic countryside, an intimate outside marquee and the best cakes we’ve eaten at a festival courtesy of the local PTA.
(Organiser Andrew Thomas pays Climbing Trees with some home brewed cider!)
It was definitely a community event with a whole host of people pulling together to make it all happen seemingly without a hitch. The line-up read like a who’s who of Welsh indie folk talent including The Minerals, Bryde (Sarah Howells from Paper Aeroplanes) Sion Russell Jones, Maddie Jones and The Brwmys. Along the way we heard exquisite harmonies from Lewis & Leigh previewing songs from their superb forthcoming album and Climbing Trees proving they can wow an audience even with a stripped back acoustic set.
One of the many highlights of the day was Luke Jackson the young folk troubadour who received a rapturous standing ovation. On this evidence you can see why he is being talked about as the Martin Simpson of his generation.
(Lewis & Leigh)
The only worry we have about this festival is having given us a line up as good as this just how are they going to equal it next time? We will be there to find out and encourage you to join us there next year.