The time has finally come for Australia to be treated to the grooves and tunes of Modhan as we spent a great weekend playing our first festival at Illawara. After arriving last Wednesday we convened at our first stop near the Blue Mountains west of Sydney. With just a day to bring our beautiful dep. violinist Chris Stone of The String Contingent up to speed on the Modhan set and try and get over the shock of the heat and the sun having left Scotland in the dark and cold.
Part of our acclimatisation of course involved trying to blend in with the locals with some suitable attire.
Illawara Folk Festival was just a couple of hours drive away, based in the lovely town of Bulli on the coast South of Sydney. A huge thanks to the families who hosted us for the weekend and looked after us so well. Over the course of the festival we managed to squeeze in four separate gigs in a variety of venues around the festival, including a short set playing some tunes on the train for the visitors travelling down from Sydney for the day. We enjoyed some great crowds and a very friendly reception as well as playing our hottest ever gig on the Friday when temperatures soared to 44 degrees. Andy also managed to squeeze in a quick guest slot with the brilliant one-man-band Tim Scanlan. Being a festival there was some great music to be heard throughout the weekend, in particular we loved the brilliant bluegrass band Mustered Courage and singer songwriters Liz Frencham and Fred Smith.
A view looking over Bulli and the Illawara Folk Festival.