The programme kicked off on Friday night to a full house at The Talbot with local talent Alive Again featuring James Talbot & Sam Powell. Whilst at the other end of the High Street, The Blue Bell resembled a Japanese Tube Train with no room to move for the new local acoustic super group "Unplugged & Thirsty"
Fortunately Saturday offered space to move and groove to traditional Peruvian melodies with "Cosmic Inca" at The Blue Bell, mainly due to the village Hall reporting a record turn out for the virtuoso mandolin, elegant vocals and guitar and fiddle wizardry of Simon Mayor and Hilary James.
Sunday’s highlight was undoubtedly the Welsh operatic baritone Mark Evans who joined the international opera soloists for a sold out Summer Gala Concert in a packed St James Church. Mark’s performance demonstrated why he has been selected to sing with all the major opera companies in the U.K. as well as touring throughout America with London City Opera. Mark’s performance was delayed as the congregation from a packed Gretton Baptist Chapel made their way from singing their favourite hymns.
Monday afternoon saw the Hatton Arms bursting at the seams and over spilling to the car park during the immensely very popular "Open Mic Sessions". If you weren’t there you missed a real treat.
Finally the festival was closed to a full house at both The Blue Bell’s who featured "Replica” playing acoustic covers, and The Talbot with the popular vocal duo "Kelly & Hayley".
The verdict at the end of a very hectic weekend was summed up in four words – “See you next year!”.