After many hours of putting the poles together and undoing them again, we got the tent up. The sun was shining and all was well. Thank you to all the helpers. Roll on Friday.
Friday night was a great start to our music weekend despite the cold weather. Turnpike opened the festival with a lovely duo set and they were followed by the beautiful singing of Ruth and fantastic guitar playing of Ken Powell. They chose music from many different genres as well as contemporary folk, and everythijng they chose had “the magic”. They are truly a class act.
Saturday Afternoon started with the song writers show case. Little Bird, Peter Southworth and Ken Scalley entertained us with their self penned songs. It was great to hear original material performed so well.
This set was followed by “TheYoung Uns" who were an absolute delight . Such up and coming talent. Well done, Shannon Walmsley, Adam Cheetham, Paul Regan, Alex Preston, and Lauren Clarke.
Saturday night treated us to the delightful Chonkinfeckle who were superb as always. Their clever self penned lyrics about life in Wigan and environs, were delivered with excellent ukulele and percussion backing. They were entertaining and fun.
Hard Times were brilliant. We had history, storytelling, singalongs, comedy, and virtuoso whistle and banjo instrumentals from Laurie and Gordon. Highlights were the William Tell Overture and the Masons Apron played on the whistle. These got standing ovations.
We had a great day with a full house both in the afternoon and night, followed by another long night session in the bar.
Sunday afternoon saw the usual Open Mic Session which again had good performances from many of the musicians attending the Festival.
On Sunday night, the highly talented Jon Brindley did not let us down. He sang from the heart with his magnificent voice, accompanied by excellent guitar and accordion playing. His new 'beast' adds yet another dimension to his already wide repertoire. His patter is like no other. You can see him again at the Unity Club, Standish along with that other highly talented group Chonkinfeckle, on July 10th. That double bill should be fun. So get there and support your local talent
Also on Sunday night, Ed McGurk and Nic Caffrey treated us to wonderful musical renditions of both traditional and contemporary folk songs. Their harmony and story telling have resurrected many of these gems of songs and brought them back to mainstream audiences. Not many people can do that but these two experienced and accomplished performers have nailed it. The fact that Nic had a throat infection did not deter from this wonderful set. They were a delight and the audience loved them. A comment after summed it up "this is real folk singing". A fitting end to another great music weekend at Coppull AND it didn't rain!!
A big thank you to the tent team who turned up both on Thursday and Monday afternoons.. You did a sterling job and the tents have now been put to bed for another year.
Thanks to Mavis and Ron for all their hard work tending to the bar and keeping their pub open to accommodate so many guests all day and night. Thanks to Westminster Stage Engineering – Bill and Lesley, for making sure that the sound quality was A1 throughout all 5 concerts. Thanks to Ken for the Stage. Thanks to Mavis and Ron and to Phil who provided the tents. Thanks to Ken and Phil who shared the MC’S role. Thanks to everybody who helped with the raffle, both the prize donators and the ticket sellers. Thanks to Coppull Rugby Club for providing the camping facilities. Without all this help, the Festival could not run. A very big thanks to you Phil for co-ordinating it all, and making it happen.
Lastly thanks to all of you who came, and helped to make this Festival of 2015 come alive for the weekend. For old friends and new it was another very memorable occasion and a great success.
THE HARD WORK BEGINS WITH PUTTING UP THE TENT
FRIDAY NIGHT - Turnpike and Ruth and Ken Powell
SATURDAY AFTERNOON - Outdoor Session, Singer Songwriters and the Young 'Uns
SATURDAY NIGHT - Chonkinfeckle and Hard Times
SUNDAY NIGHT - Bar Session followed by Jon Brindley and Ed McGurk and Nic Caffery
LAST SESSION IN THE BAR
TAKING DOWN THE TENT, CLEANING UP AND END OF FESTIVAL 2015