As first time revellers at the Wilderness Festival, my husband and I quickly realised that having brought our children along, we would probably be spending rather more time in the family section than we’d bargained for.
Whether it was the exotically feathered & sequinned ‘happy’ drifters, the masquerading
lines of males in leotards and leggings or the nudist couple casually wandering in their birthday suit that made our children a little shy, we weren’t sure. But what ever the reason, they spent much of their time attached to us by arm, hand or leg; leaving us parents precious little time to enjoy the luxuries, novelties and musical delights filling the Wilderness air
Nevertheless, all was not lost. Our eldest son found his calling which came in a strange guise…
As we wondered around the family tents which included many eco & bush-craft workshops such as braiding rope from stinging nettles, bow drill fire making, copper pendent metal working, wooden spoon carving, chalk carving and so forth; we came upon a small gathering of attentive children in a colourful cloth clad hut making unspeakable noises on bamboo didgeridoos .
Both boys quickly joined in, sitting at the feet of Ganesh. Much to his glee, Adam discovered that he could make a rather more pleasing sound which caught the attention of the teacher Mark.
Mark then invited Adam to make his own instrument and with much excitement he set to work on the task.
Step 1 was choosing the right bamboo pole for his instrument.
Step 2. Checking for any cracks and faults and sawing it off to the correct length.
Step 5. Moulding the bees wax mouth piece (a natural antiseptic).
Step 6. Rubbing the outer length of the instrument and just inside the bottom end with linseed oil.
And lastly, here is an exhausted Adam having a lie down while still playing his new, hand made instrument.
What was so brilliant was that throughout the festival Adam was able to return to the didgeridoo classes to improve his playing and on the spur of the moment was even asked to perform with his teacher and a few other young players to a whole crowd of the youngest Wilderness revellers at the Flying Seagull Project theatre.
So thank you to Mark for starting one little boy on a new adventure!