“Blood thickening bass rattles our chests, carrying us out of the woods, dancing, crying, sweating, laughing, pounding, shouting, clapping.”*
On Sunday 30th August 2015 a rave boat travelled upstream from Neyland Marina to Haverfordwest, carrying a massive sound system that played Black Diamond, an electronic music track made with the people of Haverfordwest and composed by Andy Wheddon.
Mandolin players plucking at Port Lion, mysterious methane fizzing at Black Tar, a trombonist making elephant howls in the ruins of Boulston Manor. Histories of place and people converge with the early 90s rave culture of West Wales. Bringing the Western Cleddau to life on a high tide that breached the banks of Haverfordwest.
The boat was followed on land by the Black Diamond rave bus as it sailed past four points along the Cleddau where the audience encountered musical surprises performed by Shani Liz Wyman, Shell ‘E’ Bell, Richard Joseph and Zoe Davis and Llangwm Village Voices (4 of the 20 artists that contributed to the Black Diamond track).
*Ghost Loop by Ciara Healy
Many Thanks to all the musicians involved including, Andy Wheddon, Shani Liz Wyman, Richard Joseph, Tom S, Llangwm Village Voices, Alex Marsden, John Roach, Kevin Sims Thompson, Sue Mckeeman, Chris Evans, Haraldur Tharstarson, Liina Matila, Hayley Barrett, Tim and Sarah, Rhowan Alleyne, Jayne O'Hara and Sharron Harris, Shell 'E' Bell. Richard Oxenham and Hew Fuller, Jim Richards.