Well, MaDCaff is certainly getting popular. We had a really great turnout at our second Aberystwyth event at the Morlan Centre, on 17th May. The lineup of talent was even more diverse than before – and that’s saying something.
Dai Sharkey kicked things off with a rousing set of some tracks from his album as well as a few new songs. Dai isn’t being lazy, he’s sitting down because he broke his foot – so we were very impressed that he managed to get there at all. His final number silenced the room, just one lone voice was heard to say ‘WOW’ and then the applause started. Dai just keeps getting better and better.
Miranda and Ruth did an improvised dance piece accompanied by Ceri’s beautiful Harp. I am ashamed to say that I had the camera settings in the wrong place and therefore have no pictures to show for this, which is a pity.
Next up were Lucy and Steve, playing together as Wifi Banana, having met at the first MaDCaff, they are playing beautifully together already, and I think there’s much more to come from these two.
Ruth Hogg then gave us a performance piece, with sound and projection. “Vaginas are made out of hearts” was among her more revealing utterings.
The 4 piece ‘Light Keeps’ were up next. A really great new band, playing their own material and they seemed to be so comfortable with each other that we were all surprised to hear that this was their first gig together – expect to see more from them.
Janice Holden – a regular from the Cellar Bards shared some of her performance poetry next. She confessed to being a bit nervous with an unknown audience but MaDCaff is a friendly crowd and she was soon into her flow.
Then we got to hear the Borth Choir, all co-ordinated in blue clothes, absolutely perfect for this seaside choir. Lead by Nick, the Choir performs its own material, also written by the very modest Nick. There’s nothing quite like a choir to lift the spirits and this choir certainly knows how to do that.
Next up we had a bit of Pole Dancing from Annie. Yes, that’s pole dancing for Mental Health, and why the heck not. Annie started off fully clothed but had to shed various layers as she went along – because of the grip, you see. After a demonstration of her own skills she invited the audience to try it for themselves and two brave people gave it a go.
It wouldn’t be MaDCaff without some Crazy Beaches and Miranda, Lucy and Hannah performed some stompingly good numbers, including some of Miranda’s own songs.
There was just time for a couple more poetry slots, first from Jo and then a closing piece by Jane.
If you’d like to see the full set of photos from this event, see our Media page.
Thanks very much to everyone who came along and played, performed, sang, danced, watched, clapped and generally enjoyed a really good event.