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July 11, 2004

marlborough jazz festival

Posted by dogpossum on July 11, 2004 10:31 PM in the category england

i discovered the festival was on last week on about tuesday. so i mosied on into marlborough on friday night at about 6pm. paid £17 for a night of packed in jazz. the whole town was filled with music. all the pubs and cafes and most of the other shops and businesses had bands playing in their grounds, and my pass gave me entry into all of them. it was really great. i met nice people and saw some great bands. saw some shitty ones, too, but there you go.
the bestest band were the hot club of cowtown. western swing, but in an earlier, 30s vein. tres fab. i watched them for 2 hours, utterly spellbound, and could have gone home happy then. absolutely fantastical.
then i mosied over the road and happened to run into some dancers. i didn't dance: the music didnt' catch me. but then i wandered over to the town hall, where there was a little big band playing (sticky wickett's little big band, to be precise). there were dancers there, so i hooked up with them and had a fair bit of a dance.
the band weren't bad at all. but i was bloody wrecked: too unfit! my stupid cough is still with me (yes, it is my stupid cough now), and i'm so unfit. but i did have fun.

i caught a country cab home at 1am and had a nice lie-in before i caught the coach up to london.

Posted by dogpossum on July 11, 2004 10:31 PM in the category england