Tuesday, 3 March 2015

A night to remember at the Pilton Working Men’s Club, 27 February 2015.

We played at the Glastonbury Festival in 2007 and 2008 but, although it is obviously an honour to be invited to play there, frankly I didn’t enjoy myself.  Being behind a steel perimeter I found vaguely claustrophobic, I found the audience largely indifferent and the sanitary arrangements positively abysmal.   As a consequence, I swore that I would never play there again and we haven’t.  However, last night we played at the Pilton Working Men’s Club.  Now, in case you’re wondering what the connection is, the Glastonbury Festival used to be known as The Pilton Pop Festival, as it is held in an area east of Glastonbury, close to a village called Pilton.  The Pilton Working Men’s Club was established many years before the pop festival was thought of and, whilst retaining its original name, it has evolved over the years into something really quite special.  Today it is more of a folk club, and it is a great place to play our sort of music.

They provide a brilliant PA system and excellent lighting – so much better than the usual absence of any such arrangements we find in most pubs but, best of all, the audience are really appreciative.  They sit at round tables distributed throughout the room, they don’t talk inconsiderately during the performance and they give us fantastic feedback.  This was the second time we have played at the Pilton WMC and it left me even more certain than before that I will never play again at the main Glastonbury Festival.  It’s just such a shame that there aren’t more folk clubs like this around.