THIS week I popped down to the town of Cardigan to enjoy the Quay Festival. The day promised to combine the vibrancy of live bands with the local beautiful scenery to create a very special bank holiday weekend. Opening the afternoon's events was Devonshire band Devon Bird, a three-piece from the West Country, who definitely brought a touch of folk to the town. Putting music to well known Devonshire poetry and singing tracks from their new album Hangman's Daughter the female strong band with exception of male guitarist certainly wowed the crowd with album titled track Hangman's Daughter finishing their unique set.
Second up was sensational solo artist Neil Clarke from the Gower.
A funny man with enormous talent. For me he stole the day his beautifully written lyrics were some of the most thought provoking inspirational words I am yet to hear and that includes the likes of famous well known artists. He could be compared to a solo form of Snow Patrol and his uses of both electric and acoustic guitars kept the tempo going throughout his hour-long slot which in my opinion could have easily ran longer. An understated performer in every sense of the word Neil Clarke lets his music take centre stage and his emphatic lyrics one line being she's my secret weapon, she's my secret smile. They truly leave you feeling somewhat teary-eyed. The whole day was such a welcome change to the hustle and bustle that is often summertime entertainment. The relaxed atmosphere and breath taking scenery made it the perfect location to sit back and enjoy everything this impeccably put together day had to offer.
Other musical talents included five-piece male band Climbing Trees, from Pontypridd, who told the crowd the free pizzas definitely caught their attention when it came to saying yes to do this gig. Their indie-style tracks proved current and catchy and they certainly knew how to draw in a crowd, as the night drew in.
Not being worthy of the festival title without a firework display of epic proportion, the night ended with a few impressive bangs and the roars of appreciation for what had been a lovely day could be heard from across the riverside. Finally, the Gower All Stars from South Gower propelled the evening into an up tempo celebration with their cleverly thought up dance tracks that they most definitely looked to be enjoying. It is music you need you need your dancing shoes on for.
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