“So 2009 festival season is over, and the Isle of Colonsay folk festival was a good way to end it. It’s a great island, one of the less explored of the inner Hebrides. It has an atmosphere all of it’s own, with impressive views over to Islay, Jura and Mull, as well as an epic vantage point into the Atlantic. Next stop – Canada.The Organisers kindly gave us our own cottage for the weekend, looking west into the expanse of ocean, with the breakers battering the rocks. They brew their own beer on Colonsay, and our fridge was stocked with the stuff, so when we got the fire on the go, it was as pleasant a way to warm up for a gig I’ve ever experienced. Our two concerts were really good. We varied the set lists a lot which I always enjoy doing. Heidi was singing with us, so she sang some of her songs too. Other than that we spent our time looking at the views, cycling on the bikes they’d provided us with, and eating delicious food in the Colonsay hotel, an example of well cooked, local ingredients that more Hebridean hotels should follow. Leaving an island is always a melancholy moment, and i was sorry to say goodbye. If any of the organisers are reading this blog – Thank you. It’s a great festival.”

Roddy Woomble