June promises to be a glorious month, not just for the sunshine but for the cultural life of this part of Devon. The 11th North Devon Festival runs throughout June, with music, dance, drama, art and literary events to suit every taste. As with all good festivals, the Fringe offers many additional events and the MM and I went to our first, last night: Gilad Atzmon with Strings.The venue was the Parish Church in Barnstaple, a rather ugly (to be honest, a very ugly) Victorian building with very uncomfortable pews. The discomfort was ignored, as was the fact that only those with seats on the aisle could see the musicians, because the music was sublime. The combination of Gilad Atzmon's jazz quartet and the Sigamos string quartet is, as the Independent on Sunday said, "... as perfect a jazz marriage as you could wish for." You can hear some of it by visiting the Gilad website.
We have tickets for the Chris Farlowe gig on Sunday. I have a high regard for him as a generous performer after seeing him at Westonbirt, where he was the introductory act before the less-than-generous Van Morrison came on stage. Later in the month we will be going to some concerts at the Queen's theatre: first to see Darius Brubeck (son of Dave) and then the legendary John Mayall. We are also going to Exeter to see Courtney Pine in the middle of June so I can no longer complain that living in Devon means being cut off from all that is interesting.