After the previous day I think I was suffering from heat stroke, sound stroke and sleep deprivation. Who’s idea was it to start at 10.30 am??
It was OK though. Carlos and Matt were ideal for a slow groovy start to a Sunday morning. Their soft, gentle intricate exchanges of Jazzy guitar was just what I needed. I sat back in my lounger, closed my eyes and drifted along to the soothing but incredibly complex joys of two intermeshed acoustic guitars. Fabulous.
After Dogfinger Steve had warmed us up it was time for the old festival favourites, The Alligators, to get us all up and bopping with their high-power Blues!! As a raw, dirty R&B Blues band they don’t come much better. Hot, sweaty and ROCKIN’.
Towards the end they were joined on stage by the saxophones of Ben Beatty and Simon Cunliffe-Lister for a raucous end to a great day.
Blues power – dynamic and driving Blues Rock! Elles Bailey really stormed the stage with a fabulous band featuring brilliant searing guitar, great keyboards and a tight rhythm section. Took me by surprise. I’d never heard of them but I will certainly be going to catch them again. I think they are playing York!!
Jess brought her brand of R&B and a harder sound. Some great songwriter skills, full of exuberance and energy with a great upward feel.
As the evening cooled Phil Simpson treated us to a look at various singer-songwriters such as Gordon Lightfoot. He mellowed us out with his acoustic set in the tent. Fabulous accordion. Great stuff.
A few weeks back we took a walk through the woods carpeted in snowdrops. In places they looked like snowdrifts.
It’s a bit different visiting a stately home around Halloween . The Manor House is medieval but later encased in brick!
An amazing place to walk around.
The Manor House was bricked over in the 18th/19th century. Inside it’s as it was.
The finished the festival up with a storming set of Jazz and Soul. Fabulous playing and singing. The band brought together many of the people involved with the weekend. A great finale.