The Queens Birthday weekend saw about 15,000 people descend on the small coastal town of Portarlington in Victoria, Australia. The band Full Circle performed with Will-o’-the-Wisp fire circus which provided a spectacular series of three main line shows during the Festival. The band was fully integrated into the show – our wireless gear enabling great freedom of movement among the fire twirlers – including fire sweeping under the fiddler’s feet, and musicians being incorporated into human pyramids…

fire pyramid

and some great interactions with the fire performers – how about this as a way to keep the coastal chill out of the air!

musos feeling the heat

Members of Wisp also performed on stilts and delighted the festival crowds throughout the weekend.

Celtic stilt walkers

The music sessions were great, and there were some excellent workshops, including the fiddle workshop by talented Irish fiddler John Carty – it was great to get some insights into his approach to playing. The best workshop I attended was that run by the Fiddle Chicks – hands-on seven/eight timings and playing chords and counter melodies – one of the best learning experiences I’ve had for a long time.

Three solid days of music and singing saw me return home with sore finger tips and a hoarse voice – and a …er…. burning desire to get back there again next year! Many thanks to Eve Everard and her talented fire circus troupe Will-O’-the-Wisp!

Cheers
Jerry