February Folk Day
Saturday 26th February 2005

Time seems to fly these days and once again itís the end of February and time for the Folk Day at Chester. I have attended quite a few of these February events now and found them most enjoyable - both for meeting old friends after the winter and for the good and varied entertainment provided.
As in past years, the concert provided a well-balanced programme. Nordostwind, a duo from Norway and Germany performed an interesting selection of songs in English and other languages with good music and harmonies.  


    Next up were Full House, a very accomplished group whose undoubted talents were enhanced by the addition of Mark Woolley, a percussionist and whistle player.
I have been a fan of Alistair Anderson from way back when he was with the High Level Ranters, and have enjoyed his solo performances over the years. It was good to find that his talents are as skilled on the pipes and concertina as ever.  


  The final act was the Wilson Family and as usual they were in good voice providing a fitting performance to bring the concert to a close. They were also noticeable by their presence at many of the informal events throughout the day and are obviously still enjoying their folk music to the full.

I missed the evening Ceilidh, but was reliably informed that Bedlam were excellent and a good time was had by the more energetic festival-goers who attended. Instead I spent the time in the folk club run by Full House, who did a sterling job of hosting the event as well as performing. In addition to the acts who appeared in the concert during the afternoon, there were enjoyable performances from the Time Bandits and The Waite Collective who seem to have gained confidence in their harmonies and are strong yet gentle. The club set was rounded off by another great performance by the Wilson Family.

Congratulations to all the Chester Folk Survivors and their helpers for an excellent day, including the Clinging Catering Corp. for the food, tea and coffee etc. and John Wood and co. for the Bar! What more can I say? Roll on the end of May!

Tony Sweeby, Bradshaw Mummers
Pictures by Tony Ballard

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