My Beloved dragged me to a "musical experience" in Upper Hutt last week. It was a recital from the "Only Fiddle Music School in the Southern Hemisphere"
Being used to the usual Kiwi hype of "World famous in New Zealand" (see L & P) I arrived. expecting the worst.
But, before I get started on the performance, let me describe the precursor.
Regular readers of m'Blog will know that I don't like going out.
I'm really happy at home, reading, eating, drinking or even watching the "goddamned babble box" (R.A.Heinlein., Stranger from a Strange Land., Jubal Harshaw). And the "Machine of Satan", otherwise known as the PC.
So when my Beloved
My Beloved dressed in evening dress triusers, a sequined top, matching handbag and the most f*cking outragous pair of purple shoes with gold lamé bows I've ever seen.
I hesitantly asked if she thought she might be a tad overdressed,but the withering
Once we arrived at the venue (Expressions, Upper Hutt) I could see that I blended in perfectly with the usual Kiwi blokes, perhaps a shade overdressed as I wasn't wearing shorts and jandals, whilst my Beloved was definitely a bit over the top. I didn't make a comment. I've learned.
Now I have been to quite a few Kiwi "entertainments", and for the most part they've been pretty bad, but this was excellent.
A combination of massed fiddle music, mostly Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton from Nova Scotia in Canada, and some superb individual pieces from Catherine Fraser (Australia - fiddle), Hanneke Cassel (USA - fiddle), Stan Chapman (Canada - fiddle), Ariel Friedman (USA - cello) and Duncan Smith (Australia/USA - piano/guitar).
I was especially taken by a piece from Catherine Fraser, composed by her and dedicated to her Mum, who was also playing Cello.
I was really, really taken by a young Cello player who had the most amazing legs, and which, when grasping her Cello, gleamed in the spotlights.
|Not quite as exposed as this, but absolutely delightful.|
If I remember The Curnudgeon likes this image.
This was REAL entertainment.
I can't wait for the next one in 2013.
|No Idea, but great pic.|