We got to WOMAD on Thursday in time to unload the car, put up the tent and get in to see Asian Dub Foundation do a great set on the open air stage. We joined with WOMAD Stalwarts Guy and Claire who were on hand to meet up with and chat to throughout the weekend, which was a joy. “We saw Asian Dub Foundation at a WOMAD in New Zealand in 1995”
Many highlights included ‘Dom La Nena’ playing looped chello and wandering into the audience with a ukelle (I should have won that CD for my dad dancing….), John Grant with the irrepressible Budgie on drums (many of those who came to see him were unaware of his stuff but went away big fans), Anoushka Shankar with a moving set of tunes for refugees, Baaba Maal (who’s bouncer got a bit worried when he jumped into the crowd for a dance), Leeds own Iration Steppas, learning Russian country dances with Otava Yo (very simple but still too complicated for me), Steven Moffat talking about Dr Who and Sherlock……there really was too much going on….