We have only just recovered from our recent trip to Lorient and did it deliver! If you’ve never heard of this festival you need to check it out! From the moment we arrived to the time we left, the town was buzzing with a great host of fantastic musicians, who had travelled from all over to perform at Festival Interceltique. Lorient has most definitely surpassed the bands high expectations and we thought we ought to let you in on some of the trips highlights. Here is our brief Cherry diary of the week! If you really want to immerse yourself in our trip, get a cider in one hand, turn your central heating up to 30 degrees and get some cracking folk tunes blasting from the speakers.
After a long day travelling we met up with our French translator for the week. This needs a mention as we struck very lucky having been paired with Bertrand, who not only put up with us all week but also attempted to teach us some French stage chat, which, as you can imagine, came across very authentically in Grants hearty Paisley accent. Bertrand was an enormous help all week and we cannot thank him enough! We would like to say that we then rested up in preparation for our busy day ahead however we reckon you know us better by now?
Day two began with a press conference and ended with a concert in the Palais de Congress. This was our first gig of the trip and we were very pleased with the warm reception. We were playing alongside a great Galithian band called Linho Do Cuco. You can give them a listen here.
On the third day we had an exciting live radio slot with France Bleu to start our day and later we performed at Club K, where following our performance we were treated to a four-course dinner and some champagne. As you can see a very grueling workday for us! The champagne carried on into the small hours where we seen some more inspiring live performances.
On the fourth day we were pleased to find ourselves back performing (and wining and dining) at club K, this followed by a slot in the infamous Guinness Tent. The reception was fantastic and we had a great time performing in this small but ever so lively tent! Here is a clip of our performance.
After our performance in the Guinness tent the previous night, we decided to join the madness for all hours of the night. The morning of day five is somehow still unaccounted for. However in the evening we performed on the main stage, Espace Bretagne. This was our biggest gig at the festival and again we were blessed with a bright and bustling audience who made this performance a fantastic experience for the whole band!
Day six was a proud day for us girls of Cherrygrove as our man Grant McFarlane came away with two prizes from the prestigious Accordion competition. He played a cracker of a set and as the only Scottish competitor, done Scotland very proud! First place went to Jamie Smith a fantastic accordionist from Wales. His band, Jamie Smith’s Mabon, were lighting up the festival and are definitely worth a listen. Check them out here.
The final day was completed with our harpist Sarah MacNeil performing at the harp concert in Palais de Congress alongside some fantastic musicians. This including a lovely Welsh duo DNA, comprising of mother and daughter. Give them a listen here.
So as you can see we had a busy and fun filled festival and owe a huge thanks to the festival for having us along! We would definitely recommend this festival so those of you looking for great music, weather, food and atmosphere, check it out next year!
We are also featured in the Official 2013 Interceltique Festival CD alongside many fantastic artists. You can buy the CD on iTunes here.
However the celebrations have not stopped on our arrival back home as we have been celebrating our prize winning accordionist Grant McFarlane’s 23rd birthday, our lovely fiddler Mhairi McKinnons 21st and our very own Marianne Fraser’s 22nd! A busy week for the all the cherries!
On a final note we do have some very exciting news coming soon so keep your eyes peeled for that!