Didmarton Bluegrass Festival strikes the right note

Didmarton Bluegrass Festival strikes the right note

The Grinch Mountain band performed several impromptu songs. Phil Alexander, Jon Crook, P.J. Longley, and Richard Ayers(9885358)

Madelaine Burrett examines some of the guitars on sale. Prices ranged from under £100 to over £ 2000(9885373)

The Applejacks band provides the music for Jo Wright and Suzanne Ambrose to demonstrate Appalachian flatfoot dancing (9885379)

The popularity of the event can be judged by the capacity audience in the main marquee(9885389)

Ad hoc groups were formed around the festival site with music filling the air (9885429)

Light refreshment for the Jolenes before taking to the stage. Gemma Storr, Angie Boothroyd,Sarah Freeman and Lois Pryce (9885439)

First published in News by , Reporter

BANJOS and fiddles were the order of the day at the 26th year of Didmarton Bluegrass Festival.

Around 800 guests turned out to hear the music, take part in workshops and enjoy traditional songs and dances throughout the weekend.

Camilla Johns, a member of the organising committee said: “It was a great success, it was a whole weekend of top quality music.”

“We had a lot of people just coming to see what it was all about. There are a lot of people who listen to bluegrass but have never been to a festival before.”

She praised workshops led by Rachel Eddy, which saw amateurs and professionals playing together and learning about new instruments.

The entire festival is run by volunteers, ten of whom were on an organising committee while a further 70 or so who acted as stewards across the weekend.

Camilla said: “They’re amazing. They are the ones that make it all happen.”

This year was the first event run by the new organising committee and was hailed as a great success.

Entertainment included dance and music displays, real ale bars, craft and instrument stalls and late night bonfire jamming sessions.

As well as these attractions the festival also boasted performances from international and UK artists including West Virginian fiddle player Rachel Eddy and BBC Young Folk Award finalists The Carrivick Sisters.

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