Wednesday, 2 October 2019

River Mersey Festival June 2019

International River Mersey Festival 
June 2019

The Mersey River Festival is a fantastic event with many forms of free live Entertainment,
held at The Liverpool Waterfront And The Royal Albert Dock.
I was unable to depict all of the events due to health reasons.

Subject matters photographed included Indian cultural Dance and Music, Irish Sea Shanty’s being sung from a ship, as well as other aspects of song, dance and Street Theatre.  

The events popularity, setting (Liverpool) and venue (The Royal Albert Dock) will raise a lot of awareness for The Charity Bloodwise #Bloodwise_uk, when I “tag” them on social media.

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Irish Culture
Kimbers Men Perform Irish Sea Shanties

The River Festival crowds were thoroughly entertained by Kimber’s Men.
They have appeared at Festivals in Ostende, Appingedam, Portmagee, Portsoy, Fano in Denmark, and all over the UK. Featured twice on Sunday brunch for Channel 4 ,they also starred in the BBC2 and BBC4 production of Sea Songs, with Gareth Malone; the latter being the most viewed programme of the year, on BBC 4.

Kimber’s Men possess probably the finest bass singer on the British folk scene today, in John Bromley. John has been singing folk songs since he was sixteen and has sung in several folk bands and is a solo artist. John plays guitar, whistle and bodhran.

Neil Kimber has been performing and singing since the late sixties and has a massive repertoire of songs at his disposal, he plays guitar and is the only real sailor amongst us. Neil and Ros Kimber composed the wonderful song ‘Don’t Take The Heroes’, which is now being sung by many shanty bands all over the world, and describes the aftermath of the Penlee lifeboat disaster.’

Kimber’s men are lucky to have long standing member Gareth Scott. He has a powerful and bluesy voice and is an accomplished guitarist, bringing another dimension to the sound they produce. Not forgetting Steve Smith our recent stowaway, who, as sound engineer and multi-instrumentalist, completes the group with his high harmonies.
Indian Culture
Live Music Performed From Vessel At Albert Dock 

Indian Cultural Dance

The Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band
Highly talented musicians from Jaipur, Rajasthan’s renowned “Pink City”, the surrounding villages, made up the brass core of this rousing new ensemble on trumpet, trombone, euphoium and sousaphone, supplemented with clarinet, against a background of percussion on side, bass and dhol drums
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The Spice Girls
These beautifully decorated Indian Elephants strolled over 3 feet above the ground, playfully passed by the faces of an amused audience. Featuring colourful costumes, playful puppeteers and performed with Indian dancers & musicians as depicted.
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The rainbow and the snake, representing fortune, time and transformation, Oxumaré is a deity from the Orisha tradition, paying tribute to our ancient African ancestors. This 5 meter tall kinetic puppet interacted with and entertained tourists.
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Performers From India Posed For Camera

The House of Suarez Perform "HMS Suarez"
The House of Suarez returned to the Docks of Liverpool and brought their brand new premier! HMS Suarez. This piece took tourists on a journey through the decades and the times of music whilst the docks thrived and witnessed generations of sailors from across the seas. Photographed here outside Martin Luther Kling Building, Royal Albert Dock.
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