Members of Wicid.TV were fortunate enough to enjoy a sunny July weekend at Between The Trees, Rudry’s Communtiy Folk Festival. Armed with cameras and a hunger for good music, here’s an account of what we got up to:
Between The Trees is a festival in its infancy and a project still in development. Only in its second year, the festival has doubled in size since last year and aims to continue to grow in a similar fashion. Set quite literally between trees, the festival draws music and art lovers to the rural location to enjoy a weekend of music, hand crafted local ales and ciders, and quality time with friends and family. The festival also incorporates an element of natural history and science, with an emphasis on engaging people to observe and understand the world around them.
With a warm and welcoming atmosphere, Between The Trees re-ignites traditional notions of community, which, for better or worse, have become blurred in recent years. Songs, tales, wares and trades are shared amongst a community of like-minded people sharing a common interest.
Andrew Thomas, the festival’s curator, has done a wonderful job perfecting the line up – the quality of singers and musicians on show was phenomenal. Head to the top of the page or click here to see our interview with Andrew. With a perfect blend of genres; between traditional folk, Americana, blues and jazz, each performance felt unique. The seamless transition between main stage and acoustic stage performances ensured the Saturday ran smoothly and meant those with deck chairs could lift up and turn 180 degrees all day – it was quite amusing to watch!
As mentioned previously, every single artist and band performed to an extremely high standard, but Friday night’s standout performance came from the ridiculously talented five-piece band, Ofelia. Similarly, Saturday saw some memorable main stage performances from Merthyr-based The Moon Birds, The Joe Kelly Band, while Bella Collins and Gareth Evans were a particular highlight from the acoustic stage performances.