Beer and Music Success!!

Well, I think I’ve finally caught up with myself after the Beer and Music Festival! 

Saturday morning, the marquee was up, the bar was set and the stage was ready to go – all we needed were the musicians and the crowds!  At 11am, the first of the punters began to show…by 11.30 we had a good gathering and the first band were on. 

Local music, local ale, local food, local sunshine!

A beautiful sound was heard across the farm from the lovely local ladies of Daisy Jaks. They were followed by our very own Katie Caldecott and her magnificent band, Pre Sleep Monologue.  Next up was a very talented local family in the form of Heidi and the Brownies.  On next was Blues Boy Dan with his incredible voice, followed by Moonshine Runners, banjo and all, the day turned into evening with the lovely Rob Jones.  Unfortunately, one act couldn’t make it last minute – but no fear – Jonathon Day came to the rescue with his amazing folk tunes, he gave everyone a taster of what was to come during his world tour (stopping at Fordhall Farm on 27th October).  Brilliant.
Heidi Browne

The Relix got the dancing started with a great variety of party songs and then the Del Ray Rockets took to the stage with their “high-octane rockabilly”.  These guys played an amazing selection of rock’n’roll tracks and threw in some punk and rock covers at the end – the crowd went wild for them!

Emilio hulahooping!

The weather was kind to us all day, which meant that people could sit back in the sun relax and enjoy the local music with a glass of local ale.   Children could get their face painted, play with hula hoops and splat the rat or have a go at welly waning and a sack race (the adults seemed to enjoy having a go at that too).

I woult like to say a huge thank you to all our wonderful volunteers.  They ran the bar, ran the car park, face painted, sold ice cream and manned the gate – as well as helping in the week to build the stage and set up and tidy up on Sunday.

Wonderful Volunteers

Thank you also to all the bands who played throughout the day and to all the local breweries who supplied their ale, Hobsons, Woods, Titanic, Slaters, Three Tunns, Corvedale, Salopian and a special thanks to Market Drayton’s Joules brewery who supported the event.

Here’s to next year’s festival – bring it on!