Into the blue of August
a balloon has left
without saying goodbye.
Boys and girls
throw up their arms
as the roller-coaster crests.
Such a lonely dialogue.
The 10 days of the Ekka produced some moments that will remain etched in memory…
One such moment was when this gentleman approached the stage just as we were about to kick off and asked us if we were going to play some rock’n’roll. Sheish aptly replied, I think what we do is rock’n’roll. The gentleman smiled, shook his hand and said ‘great, my name is Roy Lynes, I was the original keyboard player for Status Quo. You may have heard of them.’ We nearly fell over!
And Michael O’Neill who came along to see us everyday and joined us many times on stage for a poem, never failed to surprise us at the end of each gig with a new drawing. At the end of the 10 days he presented Sheish and I with a poster, collecting many of the drawings and photos he had taken. Here’s one of them.
No wonder I love the Ekka! ‘Til next year…