Tamworth’s Country Music Festival began on friday, and as usual, we made our way down to main street for the free entertainment. We’ve only been going for a few years (as long as we’ve lived here, and just one day the year prior) but have found some favourites amongst the buskers who perform on Peel Street. This year seems to be very quiet compared to previous years sadly, although despite that we’ve still taken all of the kids down every day so far to watch the buskers and street performers.
The kids were mesmerised by some absolutely beautiful celtic music by the band Pumpkin Juice. This is a group of “celtic fiddling kids” and we were all seriously impressed. We love this style of music already, so it was fun seeing it performed live (and amazingly well) and watching the kids get so into it. We bought their CD and all of the kids chucked some coins into their bucket too. I’m pretty sure we’ve stopped and watched them every day we’ve gone down there, and the CD has already been getting a workout at home too.
We watched a few performers just by wandering up and down the street, stopping when we hear something that sounds interesting or when one of the kids asks if we can pause to listen to someone. It’s always fun to see who and what sound the kids want to check out, even if this year there doesn’t seem to be much going on down there. Some of our busking favourites include 8 ball Aitken and The Twine. We got to see 8ball on the very first day, and have been eagerly searching up and down the street to find The Twine (our absolute favourite) each day. Sadly, it seems like the powers in charge of TCMF this year have decided that The Twine aren’t “country” enough for the festival. So disappointing. At a guess I’d say that this is why the usually lively Peel Street scene is pretty dead this year.
One of the street performers. He was riding standing up on that bike and juggling knives. Pretty impressive. He also juggled with fire, a chainsaw, and ended the show up in the air on the bike on a pole juggling again.
More used cowboy boots for sale. Every year I get a little urge to buy a pair of cowboy boots, and then every year after the festival is over I’m glad I didn’t.
It ended up raining yesterday afternoon while we were there, just a lovely sprinkle that cooled everybody down and made things hazy for a little while. Refreshing after the super hot weather we had last week.
Since The Twine couldn’t come to Tamworth this year (boo!), we pulled out our Twine CD to play at home instead for a bit of dancing and fun to end the afternoon.