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I like to when possible get along to the main festival site to soak up the atmosphere, listen to some great music and take a few photos (and possibly have a couple of half pints of ale in the wonderful pop up pub!!), and this year my visit was the morning to afternoon slot on the Saturday.
I had no idea on arriving who was performing during my visit but on buying a program I was delighted on noticing that charismatic singer/comic Keith Donnelly was performing an early show alongside local singer/songwriter annA rydeR in the intimate setting of the Bridge House Theatre.
Keith and annA treated us to a wonderful morning of numbers by the likes of Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Glen Campell (so sad he has recently left us) and ended their magnificent set with a wonderfully emotional ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes?', the set also included plenty of humour and a host of instruments including the much loved didgeridoo.
During my visit I also caught on the (always so impressive a structure) Main Stage a fantastic folk/blues set with class guitar work by Jack Blackman, a lovely tribute to the music of Sandy Denny by The Julie July Band and the world music with a twist show of The Hut People.
As the weather was kind on my visit I managed to take in the maritime fun of The Exmouth Shanty Men, Amy Kakoura & Andrew Sharpe, Aelfen and a particularly impressive performance by the Georgia Lewis Band on the outside Plaza Stage.
Always a wonderful festival and right on our doorstep in these parts.

Andrew Lock


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