Tuesday, 10 July 2018

An English Celtic Folk Punk Band.

After the concert in the Minster.  We went looking for another one of Thomas Hardy's houses that he lived in.  We asked a few passing people walking on the same pavement.

A nice young woman gave us the right instructions and sure enough we found Mr Hardy's house.  There is a blue plaque on the wall saying he once lived there.  He also wrote: Two On A Tower at this residence.

We stopped at a grocers come off-licence and bought a Cornish pasty each.  They were cheap but not half has good as the Dorset pasty we had in Shaftesbury.  That's another blog!

So we found our way to The Paddock.  This is an excellent outdoor music venue and we gained admittance for the princely sum of 3 Pounds!   Here's a few photos from The Paddock.  We bought some excellent pints of bitter made by Ringwood Brewery.  One of the beers was 5.1 or 5.4 me thinks?  The young woman who gave us directions to Mr Hardy's house served me my pints.  Small world!

The main reason we had visited The Paddock was to see an excellent Celtic Punk Folk Band from Bournemouth called : Blackwater County.  I think they would be a great addition to the Doolin Folk Festival line up next year! 

Talking of Doolin.  When I was there on the Sunday.  I met the main video camera man who wanted to take a video of me placing my hands on two pints of Guinness at the bar next to The Barn concert hall.   We talked about how Doolin was becoming very big and I told him Glastonbury started off very small.  The very first festival they let you in for one Pound and gave you a free pint of milk!  Any way.  Mr video man said my hands picking up the pints of black stuff will be on next years official Doolin Festival promotion video.  I am famous at last.  The last time I was on telly, was in C & A in Manchester.

Here's an excellent You Tube video by Blackwater County I found for your enjoyment.  Check them out if you want to see them live.  There are lots of folk and music festivals in Blighty this summer. 


  1. So now you are or will be famous. Congratulations. Please can I have your autograph? Love the music... did you notice me jigging as I listened? !!

    1. Yes fame at last Valerie. The music even made me tap my feet. I found them to be a breath of fresh air. Thanks.

  2. I like the sound of Blackwater County. They remind me of a band from Glasgow I used to see in folkclubs in the North East in the 1970s. I can see them in my mind but can't for the life of me think what they were called. They were quite well known on the folk circuit in their day. Your holiday sounds like a very varied bag of fun. Thanks Dave for the pictures and the bits and pieces of information.

  3. Drunken Lullabies is a cover by the American/Irish band Flogging Molly, Rachel. The Glasgow band sound like fun. It was a roughing it camping, public transport, walking holiday. We went to lots of great places and had some laughs, drank some beer and saw some good music in Dorset and county Clare. Thanks!

  4. Drunken Lullabies indeed. A good time was had by all. There's was even the ubiquitous guy jigging about with a full pint one hand and a mobile phone in the other. Flogging Molly were over here but I didn't see them. Lately I saw a guy in a cowboy hat singing some golden oldies and strumming a guitar. Not the world's best but he tried. I made a great photo of him though ,-) for when he gets a record contract!!!

  5. Yes Gwil a good time was had by all. Plastic glasses full of copious amounts of cask ales and lots of lads and lasses having the time of their lives. I bet it was the same when Thomas Hardy was a lad. The guitarist singer with the big hat sounds like fun. Thanks

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