With all the hype surrounding the headline acts prior to Glastonbury 2013, it is little surprise that all the column inches in the various British newspapers and magazines went to the Rolling Stones, Mumford and Sons, the Arctic Monkeys and the like. However, through the haze of all the endless flags, colour-bursting flares and sun drenched music lovers, all of whom were basking in one of the most memorable 'Glasto's' in its forty plus year history, I found myself extremely excited by finding my own diamond in the musical rough; Ruarri Joseph.
Having been unsuccessful with my attempts to get a ticket for Glastonbury, I was, like many others, glued to the BBC 2's coverage of the festival - and it is through finding Joseph that made the lack of a ticket almost worthwhile. The BBC and their often mind numbingly annoying festival presenters spend, in my opinion, way too much time chatting about all kinds of unimportant anecdotes etc, all usually to promote their own self importance (rant over). However what they do really well is have their own acoustic sessions by their studio - a set that provides what looks like a stunning view over the Somerset venue. There is often an eclectic mixture of music that the BBC showcase with their studio sessions, however, the first sign of any artist stood on the stage with just a guitar for company and i'm instantly hooked. After hearing the gravely tones of Joseph's voice amidst the controlled and rhythmic strumming to his song 'Anyway', I knew I had to research this guy more - and it was to my delight that I stumbled on the song 'Got my share', taken from Ruarri Joseph's fourth and indeed most recent record 'Brother'.
The opening chords of 'Got my share', against the backdrop of soft drumming and base takes this song from strength to strength throughout.
So thank you Glastonbury and BBC 2 for introducing me to this fine talent, all from the 'living room' stage. Beats the Pyramid stage doesn't it?
Almost, but not quite.
Ruarri Joseph | Got my share