from our holiday in south-west Wales.
Next time we drive up to Catrin’s parents, we’ll be going past a mountain that wasn’t there before. Here it is on Google Maps. Note that there are no pictures of Mynydd Graig Goch (note that it’s always been a mountain in Welsh), just a generic picture postcard image of Llyn Mymbyr and Snowdon. Probably because they think it’s just not exciting enough. Anyway, here’s a picture of the summit for you. UPDATE I see they’ve fixed that now.
And we saw:
- KotoGo – Japanese koto playing in a jazz idiom, but to be honest we could have done with less of the guitar.
- Brigyn – lovely little gig, and an awesome version of Cohen’s Hallelueia in Welsh.
- Cowbois Rhos Botwnnog – good, but better last year – Mrs Glaw works better at speed.. Odd to see Gwyneth Glyn rocking out with them.
- Ember – lovely many-tinted folk from this Welsh/American duo and their Dutch percussionist.
- 9Bach – bloody excellent daring interpretations of classic melancholy Welsh ballads, fronted by the ethereally lovely Lisa Jên Brown.
- Johnny Dickinson – fine slide guitar blues from Northumbria
As usual, we didn’t spend much time on the Marian itself.
Places like this inspired Tolkien’s Mordor:
"The gasping pools were choked with ash and crawling muds, sickly white and grey, as if the mountains had vomited the filth of their entrails upon the lands about. High mounds of crushed and powdered rock, great cones of earth fire-blasted and poison-stained, stood like an obscene graveyard in endless rows."