The third day of Monmouth Festival saw Erin Brazill and the Brazillionaires, an American band who make very melodic music, on stage entertaining the huge crowds who had spent the day at Monmouth Carnival. Wales, UK. 31st July 2011
It is believed that the Monmouth Festival is one of the longest running free festivals in Europe. It runs from Friday 29th July toDay Three of Monmouth Festival with Erin Brazill and the Brazillionaires on stage. Saturday 6th August. The festival is supported entirely by advertising sponsorship and by "bucket babes" who go out and collect donations from the crowd. This attracts visitors from all over the UK and often tourists who are passing through the Wye Valley come and enjoy the evenings which are a wonderful mixture of fun and music. Entertainment at its best.
The stage is set up in the car park in Blestium Street and a number of other performances take place in the Green Dragon Pub as well as the venue of St Mary Church, Monmouth. In essence something for everyone! The Monmouth Town Band played on stage in the early part of the afternoon and the evening performance was begun by Erin Brazill and the Brazillionaires. Erin was born and raised in California and was fairly entrenched in music, community theatre, and poetry writing as a very little girl and through college. She studied classical piano and voice in college as well as literature and creative writing. After college she moved to San Francisco and worked in jazz clubs in North Beach in SF bartending, booking bands, immersing herself in jazz and writing... constantly and glamorously with great beatnik flourish in little journals stashed behind the bar. Since 2006 she has played with very talented, creative and generous people who stir their musical gifts and ideas into the songs. They play original compositions written by Erin reflecting her time in San Francisco, her rural child hood and travels, as well as a few well loved or unusual covers here and there. For the past year, she has played with the following group of musicians in various arrangements: Kelly Corten playing the saw, the Xylophone and mastering the bubble machine. Tony Corten on drums, Johnny Tripod on cigar box with his famous hat., playing guitar/washboard/clarinet/percussion, Joe Willcockson on organ, Dawn Mermer on standup bass, and Erin on acoustic guitar and vocals. She calls their sound "Vintage pop". The audience at Monmouth enjoyed this very different set of artists with a rather catchy set of tunes and musical instruments rarely seen on stage such as the washstand and the saw being played with a bow. It was a very melodic and unusually different sound. The band are due to return to the U.S.A after their European Tour.
With the audience suitably warmed up the crowd gathered to listen to a very different sound from the evening headline band: The Pink Floyd Experience.