Sunday, July 17, 2011

MIRANDE Il est un petit peu de la musique country

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It’s rather weird seeing a French market-square decorated with their red, white and blue hosting line-dancing exhibitions under the hot Gascon sun. But what else would you expect to see at Europe’s largest country-music festival, running in Mirande since 1992.

2011-07-17

The centre of the town was filled with stalls selling Americana in the loosest sense of the word – everything from Nashville-chic to Peruvian Andean pipes. It was not uncommon to see leather vests with a blaze of American brands, neatly underlined with the word FRANCE. It also seemed that everyone knew that a MALAMUTE was in town. We had barely gotten into the main square before Munson was being embraced and coddled by many peculiar-looking individuals. As I walked around the stalls, I realised that the unbelievable quantity of wolf-motif clothing and decorations made the reaction to Munson’s appearance a bit more understandable. It really was rather OTT, I mean I lived in the Pacific Northwest for years and the wolf-dog shtick was not so pronounced as here.

hillbilly and hillmally
As much as I would have liked to have given in to my inner hillbilly for the day, it was too hot for my poor hillmally and rather than let him turn into a baked alaska, stopped off for a swim at the lake on the way home.

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banjo velo
Milkshake and tire swingAt home it was good to see that the animal menagerie was out in force,  having some good ol’boy tyre-swingin’ fun.

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