RH played in the Big Top (a circus-tent type area) which was the biggest of the indoor stages. The preceding band were an excellent outfit from Mali called Habib Koite and Bamada (see http://realworld.on.net/womad/artists/koite.html).
RH was accompanied by Tim Keegan and Ntchuks Bonga. Jonathan Turner claimed that Ntchuks's sax playing was "less far out" than it had been on a previous gig, to which I could only reply that it must have been truly weird last time. I will post the full set list in due course. Main shirt
as tubes of paint(?); encore shirt was black polka dots on white.
was booked to come on stage at 8.30 but, despite the regimental punctuality
of the WOMAD organisation, didn't actually appear until after 8.35.
As mentioned before, shirt was tubes of paint.
Wild enthusiasm from the Reading crowd at mention of 'Basingstoke and Reading' of course. RH went into a guitar bit after the last verse, looked at his wristwatch, realised it was 9.30, said "I've run out of time"and left the stage.
He returned in white with black polka dots, accompanied by TK on funky banana and NB on sax, for encores of:
I Dream of Antwoman
It was the first time I had heard many of these songs played live, and I particularly liked 'Elizabeth Jade'. I'd say that RH was well-received by a mainly non-feg audience, but it was spoiled for me by some silly girls who decided to sit next to me right at the front and talked all the way through...
Next report from your correspondent at sea, with luck. Hope I don't get shanghai'd by a high-hat beaver mustache man and his pirate friend. No telling where I might wake up...
- Mike Godwin
PS During "I'm Only You" it struck me that he doesn't seem to write songs
about policemen any more. Am I right?