Festival is a hit

PUBLISHED: 17:03 10 May 2007 | UPDATED: 10:21 31 May 2010

Mozzy Green playing at the festival - Pic: Michael Boyton

Mozzy Green playing at the festival - Pic: Michael Boyton

The cream of the area s musical talent gathered for the ninth Stortford Music Festival at the weekend. Held in St Mary s Catholic School field, festival goers were treated to a cornucopia of acts from a broad spectrum of genres, from rock to classical,

The cream of the area's musical talent gathered for the ninth Stortford Music Festival at the weekend.

Held in St Mary's Catholic School field, festival goers were treated to a cornucopia of acts from a broad spectrum of genres, from rock to classical, passing through blues, skiffle, jazz, folk and psychedelic.

There was a distinct 'festival feel' from the outset with more marquees for arts and children's activities, while design and acting workshops gave people plenty to do.

An increase in the number of stalls was an improvement on last year. The introduction of Busk Stops, designated places where anyone could put their name down to perform nearly anything they wanted, also proved to be a big hit.

The Horn delighted the crowd with a tight set that flowed effortlessly. The band interacted with the crowd and clearly enjoyed their time on stage.

Festival debutant Jonas Graile played a cracking set of rock-skiffle that had people asking why he hadn't performed at the festival before, and where he was appearing next.

In the Festival Youth Showcase, Hannah Johnson's vocals raised the hairs on the back of necks and is clearly an artist worth keeping an eye on.

Dean Austin and the Strangerhood are becoming a musical force to be reckoned with as are Mozzy Green who, after moving to London are going from strength to strength. Ben Sommers' amazing band get noticed by someone in the music industry and they will be launched into the stratosphere of musical superstardom.

Blues act Double Trouble played a wonderfully well-rehearsed set interspersed with light-hearted banter.

Saffron Walden's Cara Winter has taken her act to a further heights and performed with her new band, and for the first time stepped out from behind her piano to stand in front.

Jenny Hall graced the stage with a charisma that shone. So professional was she that, when her guitar cut out she had the crowd in laughter with her down to earth explanation to what had caused it.

However, sitting high in the entertainment tree-house, giving a master class on how to entertain was Happnin' Boy, aka Mike Humphrey, who has to be seen (and heard) to be fully appreciated. In the words of his closing song: It Makes Me Happy.

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