Sunday, 15 August 2010

A Day Out for the Knees

Yesterday the band found itself in Bishop Aukland (a small town South of Durham). We had been hired by the local council to play in the street. We were asked to adopt fancy dress, find a spot in the shopping centre and play - "official busking" if you like.

We all dug out Hawaiian shirts for the occasion. I decided to add to this one of Karen's skirts -dark, knee length- and a snorkeller's facemask (OK, a bit student rag day-sh, but there we are. We should have more fun!). Andy turned up in a straw hat. We spent the afternoon playing half hour sets with short rests in between.

Tostig, Earl of Northumbria, sporting a natty, crenellated little number
Skirts are really comfortable I decided and I was quite sad to take mine off and return to my shapeless jeans, with their pockets full of keys and old receipts. Why don't men wear skirts? There is absolutely no reason why they shouldn't. Jonathan Ross and David Beckham briefly tried to start a trend, as I remember, but it got nowhere. Western men (on the whole: there is the odd regional exception) seem to think skirts "unmanly", whatever that means. Going back in history to the times when men were, by that token, "real men" (i.e., when they all carried swords and killed each other a lot), wearing skirt-like garments was pretty normal. Moreover, there are plently of places round the world where men wear flowing garments, so what's the big deal?

Here's another Trio Gitan Youtube slide-show - using photos that Karen took of us on the riverbank:


15 comments:

tony said...

Dominic , you obviously have the legs to carry it off .

Elisabeth said...

A terrific slide show but I was disappointed to miss out on a viewing of the knees. Lovely music. The warmth of the sun shines down through the green.

Thanks, Dominic.

jinksy said...

I tangoed all around inside my head! Thank you! :)

George said...

A persuasive argument for skirts, Dominic, but we need evidence. Where is the video of you sporting your skirt down the runway, hopefully with a sword?

John Hayes said...

Love the music! It's interesting how crossing dressing has become a norm for women in the US & western Europe but cross dressing for men is strictly taboo.

Argent said...

Another musical treat for us. Would have like to see the knees though.

The Bug said...

I was VASTLY confused because here fancy dress means tuxedos. I thought - ooh they're thumbing their noses! Like everyone else I would like to see a picture of you guys from the gig.

The music was lovely.

Rachel Fenton said...

Plenty skirt wearing men in NZ! Sooo hot here in the summer!

Cool - I anticipate future vids of you playing in your skirts!

Von said...

Plenty of skirt wearing men in other parts of the world and America is making the kilt in utilitarian colours and fabrics.I did a post on it a while back with photos, sounds right up your street!?

Von said...

P.s. Utilikilts based in Seattle, no excuse now!

Rachel Fox said...

Great to hear you!
x

patteran said...

Great sounds, great pics. Very impressive.

patteran said...

Great sounds, great pics. Very impressive.

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for these comments, everybody Pleased you enjoyed the music. Feel free to visit ReverbNation and sign up as Trio Gitan fans! (see the widget top right of the main page). The knobbly knee issue that keeps cropping up! It inspired the next post...

Totalfeckineejit said...

Brilliant music.

I wear skirts all the time here.