Sunday, 9 August 2009

Wells-next-the-Sea Carnival

Unbelievable as it is, it’s been 20 years since I last went camping. Well, not true any longer, thanks to Arco Iris. Yes, another gig! Yesterday, we hit Wells-next-the-Sea to play at the annual Carnival. We were playing three times: the first set — a 20-minute static for the arrival of the Carnival Queen; then parade around the Wells; then another short static, during which we were introduced as the “Irish Samba Band Arco”. During the parade, we were closely followed by another drum band (perhaps the organisers thought that two drumming bands together will sound better than one). It was glorious sunshine for the whole day. We were camping at the Mill Farm, a walking distance from the town centre. The highlights (apart from drumming): The Corner House restaurant; sky lanterns in the evening; and, this morning, the boat trip to Blakeney Point to see the seals.

This is probably my last gig with Arco Iris this Summer: the carnival and fête season is nearly over.

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