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FOLK FESTIVAL FUN IN PORTPATRICK
Folk Festival got off to a rousing start this year with
a performance from Stranraer and District Pipe
Band on the Dorn Rock last Friday evening.
weather sneaked up with a little rain but band members
and the crowd very enthusiastic.
first concert of the Festival took place in the Downshire
Arms Hotel also
on Friday evening and featured Fiddler
Extraordinaire Sean McGuire, together with the Drouthy
Band, Stranraer Folk
Club and Kagan. Standing
room only was the order of the night and a great time was
had by all.
was a great day, bright and sunny, and everyone took advantage
of the weather to enjoy the outdoor
activities arranged around the village.
There was juggling, African drumming, face painting,
storytelling with Tony Bonning, a harmony workshop,
bouncy castle, competitions,
arts and crafts workshops - and lots of fun.
afternoon harbourside concert was a great success
with everyone who missed the concert on Friday
a chance to hear Sean McGuire, The Drouthy Band
were open sessions in the Village Hall and lots of sessions
outside the pubs in the sunshine.
The Saturday evening
concert in the village was a resounding success with Julie
Felix, North Sea Gas, Anthony John Clarke
and Trefor and Vicki Williams giving great performances.
Pownceby was on hand as MC and did a great job. Julie Felix
took everyone down memory lane with Blowin' in
the Wind and Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands -
she is a great performer and was on top form on Saturday. The finale
of the concert was Wild Mountain Thyme performed by all -
including a very enthusiastic audience. The atmosphere in
was wonderful and this could be counted
as one of the best concerts yet at Portpatrick Folk Festival.
Sessions in the Village Hall on Sunday were hosted by Clive
Pownceby and featured a workshop with Julie Felix which
went down a treat with her fans.
Julie is a great storyteller
and told of what it is like to be a musician on the road
touring. She delighted the audience
with her lovely manner, songs and music.
Sunday also brought
us Anthony John Clarke and Trefor and Vicki Williams with
a Children's Concert in the Courtyard
of the Waterfront Hotel which went down a treat with children
and adults alike.
Unfortunately the weather, which had been
holding out all day, decided to change and Willie Drennan,
from Northern Ireland, had to adjourn to the village hall
where he had a very enthusiastic audience entranced with
his stories and singing.
To cap it all off Portpatrick Folk
Festival Prize Draw took place in the Village Hall with
Willie Drennan drawing the
Star prize of a Weekend for Two at Knockinaam Lodge
went to a delighted May Hattie of Newarthill, Motherwell.
other prizes were donated by local businesses and individuals
which all led to a very successful raffle indeed. Much
more music was played in all the local pubs on Sunday evening.
Portpatrick Events thank all who took part in the festival
this year and sponsors, including Dumfries and
Galloway Council, Sti, Gael Force 2003, South of Scotland
European Partnership, Youth Strategy Executive Group and