A Green Affair
Eyes for Gertrude
Saturday, Mandala Stage – 1:00 p.m.
While Glastonbury’s main stages run like clockwork – the occasional act of God permitting – the same cannot be said of its smaller stages in the Green Futures field. Times are wonky and signs are missing, but that’s part of the area’s laid-back, friendly charm, the likes of which occasionally manage to draw festivalgoers in. A brief walk from West Holts across to Green Futures saw me stray across the delightful string-driven Beaubowbelles and amazing hippy throwbacks Love Revolution. In between, I stopped by to listen to Eyes For Gertrude, who were one of my Emerging Talent picks. The duo’s voices sync beautifully; the first all-warm country tones, the second offering English purity. Taking sounds from the routines of daily life and reaching for higher ground with determination, EFG offers quirky, observational songs, illuminated by delicious vocal flourishes — definitely the start of a green affair. –Tony Hardy