One Day Fest @ The Inn On The Shore, Downderry – 25/03/2017
Sometimes you find yourself in a bit of a funk and you think to yourself “I can stay deep within this funk or I can do something positive to move out of it”. I did the latter about 6 months ago, and decided to put together a day of music to raise money for a charity that had helped with my treatment after having a cancerous tumour removed from my groin – hence the aforementioned funk. The day of music was called One Day Fest, it happened on 25th March and it was glorious.
As the early afternoon sunshine beamed in through the windows of the perfectly located beachside pub, the Inn on the Shore, 15 musicians of various ages took to the stage under the title of the Deviock Community Music Group and suddenly we have an ensemble playing up some Jazz classics and easing us in to a day of live music in the sunshine. Flute, violin and brass all mix with a tight rhythm section and an impossibly cool guitar (like, clear Perspex) to make for an impressive group piece that sets the tone perfectly.
|Gozer Goodspeed (Photo Don D)|
|Joanna Cooke (Photo Don D)|
The openly hungover Jamie Yost was up next and I’ve rarely seen a man take a stage so reluctantly but between the moments of uncomfortable shuffling and dehydrated discomfort, something wonderful happened. Yost’s voice is full of soul, charm and a sense of mature ease that should set him up there with the housewife’s favourites like James Morrison but the content and structure of his songs as well as the playing of his guitar gives this more depth than your average Radio 2 fodder. If this is how Yost performs hungover then if we can catch while he’s still drunk or even sober then dangerous things might happen. Good dangerous. Sexy dangerous.
Saltash lad Paul Armer takes the stage with a more quietly confident manner and sets about quickly
rattling the windows from their frames with a fiercely
strummed guitar and the occasional blast on a harmonica. Armer has a style that’s
instantly engaging and likeable with the energy of Frank Turner in his early
solo days. As the sun started its move over towards the Western part of the
Cornish coastline you couldn’t have a better soundtrack to rouse you from an
afternoon of drinking in the sunshine and prepare you for an evening of revelry.
|Paul Armer (Photo Don D)|
To ease the gathered masses in to the twilight session of the evening we had the sounds of Devon boy (currently ensconced in Newcastle – yeah, he made the trip) Nick Gladdish bringing his radio friendly indie-acoustic tunes to an eager and swelling audience. Mixing slow, more delicate heart-string tuggers with whooping, stomping more anthemic numbers, Gladdish is a flawless performer who prowls the stage like a man born to it. He’ll be back from beyond the wall, it’s in his blood.
|Mark Cornwall (Photo Marielle Newton)|
|The Busketeers (Photo Don D)|
To top the night off, those that started it returned to finish it – minus a few members – as the Deviock Community Music Group took to a night time stage but this time the style was soul and Motown to top the night off in the perfect style.
The day was perfect; we raised over £2,000 for St Luke’s Hospice, enjoyed some sublime music and the sun shone for the first time in what feels like a year. Music has healing powers, they say, and on this evidence, I think I’m starting to agree.
Inn on the Shore: https://www.facebook.com/InnOnTheShore/
Marielle Newton Photography: http://www.mariellephotography.co.uk/
Deviock Community Music Group: http://www.deviockcommunitymusic.co.uk/
Gozer Goodspeed: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100006650115730
Joanna Cooke: https://www.facebook.com/joannacookemusic/?fref=ts
Jamie Yost: https://www.facebook.com/jamieyostmusic/?fref=ts
Paul Armer: https://www.facebook.com/paularmermusic/?fref=ts
Nick Gladdish: https://www.facebook.com/Nick-Gladdish-66424538803/?fref=ts
Phat Bollard: https://www.facebook.com/phatbollard/?fref=ts
The Busketeers: https://www.facebook.com/TheBusketeersOfficial/
Watch a video of the day (credit: Joe Lemin, 14)