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EDGE OF COLOUR – 10 DAYS IN TASMANIA – DAY 2

January 9, 2010

FRIDAY 8 JANUARY

MONA FOMA OPENS TODAY!!!!

MONA FOMA

And the venue is in preparation… PW1 – The Princes Wharf Warehouse. Dying to see inside…

MONA FOMA PW1

So the festival kicks off! What a diverse crowd gathered for the opening of this brilliant festival… Always a good sign when all are welcome and then actually rock up! Here is a small section of them…

MONA FOMA CROWD

We tragically missed the first performance due to a busy restaurant! But arrived in time to catch the Japanese funk crew Mountain Mocha Kilamanjaro… Fucking excellent.

MOUNTAIN MOCHA KILAMANJARO

The funk was followed by the cappuccino delights of Jim Denley and Kim Myhr.  There was both patience and uncertainty in the crowd’s response to this duo’s ambient experimental sound.  Smart programming by Brian Richie and the festival team allowed this more experimental performance to be experienced by the diverse audience.  The subtle and beautiful rhythms and textures of the performance were most greatly appreciated by an enraptured little girl, who threw herself around in front of the speakers as the sound rolled up and down.  Great example of cutting loose for us older peeps weighed down with our likes and dislikes! Bravo!..

So it was at this point we happened to meet a friend and her partner who just happened to be in Tasmania and at the opening of MONA FOMA! I must say this chance meeting did make for so much fun…

So by now we have secured pink beanbags and are settled in with our beers and friends  for the amazing, amazing, amazing drummer and percussionist, Mani Neumeier! Mani began his set performing with his Japanese wife and then moved up to behind the kit for a wild solo performance.  This guy is extraordinary… 70 years old, fitter than me, rapid fire beats and as much energy as the dancing 4 year old… Amazing.

MANI NEUMEIER

We loved it….

EDGE OF COLOUR

EDGE OF COLOUR

The final performance for the evening was Black Joe Strummer and the Honeybears… The bean bags were lifted out off the dancefloor for the Austin Texans so the overwhelmingly white crowd could get down to the James Brown influenced, Black Joe Strummer sound.  A commendable spectrum of facial hair, suits, ties, hats and sax, plus an overwhleming commitment to the funk made for a stellar show… Perhaps these guys have a hook up with Old Gregg, guardian of The Funk…

BLACK JOE STRUMMER AND THE HONEYBEARS

Wicked.

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