It was a great line up.
The hill at the top of the world offered a sweeping landscape of manicured and watered English countryside stretching downhill to the far and twinkling Southern coast, under an October moon.
First on were the duo Kami Thompson and James Walbourne “The Rails”
They were joined by Richard Thompson
Other musician members of the Richard Thompson extended clan came onstage, spanning two generations (and probably shortly three).
Because of general excitement on the dance floor I don’t have the full play list, but the numbers were all rock classics, and there were great renditions of “Good Golly Miss Molly” and “A Whole Lot of Shakin’ Going On” and “Great Balls of Fire”.
The Richard Thomson family are no relation to me, by the way, other than of course the probability of a very distant relationship indicated by the surname. We have Scottish ancestors, which is a genealogical clue, but any resemblance in musical ability stops there. As Milton observed: They also serve who clap their hands and look vacantly at the band.
Just to show I can step out from distant cousinhood in the dispassionate promotion of Rock and Roll, here is a link to the latest offering from Dancing Mice, who are not Caithness Thompsons.
However, the band is led by another Scot, Ian Deary, so perhaps I have not got too far away from distant cousins after all.
Still, I hope there is no shame in being moderately clannish for one moonlit night on the top of a hill in the English countryside.