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A Monday to remember

26th May 2009 @ 7:07am – by Ian Haughey
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And so we come to the final day of the Festival, the weather has fetched clouds but generally a nice warm day. Ro & Cal ease into their set at the Coffee Lounge as we enjoy a capacino and bacon bap. These two youngsters from the Foxy Wellingtons play out an acoustic set with guitar and bongos that hardly reflects their youth – a great start to the day.

Audlem's church bells rang out as they joined in the theme of the festival, adding yet another musical flavour. Chloe set up for her set at the Lord Combermere with her band as the Duffey boys played their set in Blues Alley to an appreciative audience. The day was made surreal by the emerging fancy dress – this was to be a fun day!

The story so farChloe and her band launched in to their set with an ease that reflected the quality of this band. They left heir mark on `Audlem with their original pop/rock. It says on Chloe's website – "the story so far..." Audlem will be a chapter in that journey!

Mid afternoon Pete Price delivered his familiar and hugely popular interpretation of the Blues down at the Shroppie Fly, whilst at the Bridge the Festival Folk session got underway.

Welcome back to Audlem The Reads, just as the rain started to fall. This band can do no wrong in this reporter's eyes. Such a chilled-out sound fronted by Stu Bennet whose wit and humour added a humorous and empathetic dimension to the afternoon. The audience, despite the slight rain, really chilling out.

The rain meant that Cajo Funk – Carly B and Gunners – moved from Blues Alley to the Lord C. This sax and keyboard duo really did display their talents – what a great set, and how the knowledgeable and those just enjoying the music really showed their appreciation.

Relix gets Audlem dancingBring on the Relix for the next couple of hours, and Audlem danced and partied the final day out. This good time band did not dissapoint before setting off this week for warmer climes in Spain. They played a full repotoire of great songs from across the decades and how the Audlem crowd responded – fantastic end to the afternoon's music.

Poetry in motionMoving inside at the Lord C, the Chilli Night kicked off. As per the usual Chilli format, the Duffey Boys hosted the event, seeing acts from the weekend play at this chilled out affair: Wayne Capper (The Wash) performed accoustic versions of his own. And to Chilli Poetry in motion, a massive thank you to for the poetry that really added a twist to the chilli evening – fantastic!

As the Johnny Miller All Stars kicked off at the Shroppie, Ian Lawton entertained at the Bridge. The Lord C witnessed the talented Mark Stevens – awesome! Mike Vaughan played out his esquisite guitar playing including Charlie Mingus and Jack Marshall played some of his favourite pieces and was later joined by Kirsty on vocals.

The Chilli evening was living up to its reputation. The Lord C put on the Chilli and donated the money collected, £130.00, to the Funky Weekend – BIG THANK YOU Steve and Helen, and their supportive team.

Mark Stevens played out the rest of the evening, and once again the dancing feet came out – another great night, another great festival – it was good!


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