I had a great time, and would like to thank Splashy Fen, and the Barleycorn Music club for the opportunity! I was treated really well and everything was organised. A massive 4 man tent with mattresses was waiting for Matt Allison and me at the musician’s camp. When it was my turn to play on stage, the sound was good, and the audience was supportive!
In fact, all of the Barleycorn’s 5 acts - the others being Emma du Preez, Zaria van Jaarsveld (www.zaria.co.za), Matt Allison (http://www.matt-allison.com), and The Vans (www.myspace.com/thevansplace) – were well-received! Please look them up, they are all great!
What else can I say about Splashy Fen? It was just another wonderful example of how much amazing musical talent we have in South Africa! I wish I had seen more of the acts, but I am now a big fan of “Hot Water” and “No One’s Arc”. South Africa also has really good Reggae in “Tidal Waves” and “The Meditators”!
What about Jack Parow? Well, love him or hate him, you have to give him credit. He’s worked out a niche for himself. It’s unique enough that it’s interesting. He’s marketed himself well enough that the people who like what he does have learnt about him... and judging from the size and reaction of his audience, there are plenty of people who are digging it!
I don’t want to drastically change what I do to appeal to a different audience, but I do wish that one day my music gets into the hands of as many people (who would appreciate it) as possible. I think Splashy Fen 2010 has made me wonder how I’m going to achieve that.
The one piece of bad news from Splashy Fen? I had a chat with the organizer. He had discovered that a prominent act on the main stage had been miming to their CD instead of playing for real! He didn’t say who it was, but I’m glad to say he was angry about it. It is a bit shocking really – if you think about it, this act took away an opportunity from some great SA band that are good enough to play live! I wonder who these mime-artists were?
I have an idea, but will never know for sure!