Brampton Festival – summer rain

OK – so we chickened out of camping this year coz of the weather. Day one of the festival it was tipping it down. Sheets of rods of rain.
I had a wonderful time taking hundreds of photos.
Wellies were vital and a new brolly would’ve been wonderful if it hadn’t been broken already.
But, the first gig was a warming and bright Chris While and Julie Matthews. I love this duo, especially Chris While (my favourite pic of the whole weekend is of her)
Chris While - Brampton Live 2009
The rain eased off for an hour so we could have a wander around. The highlight later on was Andy Fairweather Lowe… nostalgia and great contemporary new material. How loud did I sing along to ‘If Paradise is Half as Nice’?
Brampton Festival sky at duskGathering rain clouds
....and a daisy.... or twoReady to playEmily Smith Band double bass playerEmily Smith Emily Smiths fiddle playerInside the marquee
If Paradise is Half as Nice - Andy Fairweather Lowe - Brampton Live 2009Open for business well into the night

On the second night the discovery was King Creosote. Wonderful. Enjoyed too the Oysterband. Strutting and booming the anthemic voice and playing into the marquee.
King CreosoteDrummer of King Creosote
Oyster Bands John JonesPeatbog fiddling boysOojami belly dancer

We met up with Heather and Alex and enjoyed seeing their talented son Rob performing too. Over the three days the weather gradually improved and by Sunday afternoon we could even sit outside the marquees. On the Saturday evening we stayed late for the late session in the hall and were treated to excellent slapstick comedy and some lovely music.

At last some festival sunJez Lowe
We did all day on the Sunday (I had quite a lot to review) and saw Keith Donnelly (funny funny funny as ever), Nancy Kerr & James Fagin, Jez Lowe and the Bad Pennies, Max Pashm and the final HUGE event – the Peatbog Faeries.

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