Last festival of year celebrated musicianship

Oompah Brass combine witty banter with hits arranged for their 5 instruments.
Oompah Brass combine witty banter with hits arranged for their 5 instruments.

One of the few remaining festivals to feature only live instrument bands and not previously recorded music just took place over a sunny weekend in Cornwall during the Indian summer of September 2014.

Bands such as Big Boss Man, Tankus the Henge and Oompah Brass made use of the variety of places to perform from the main stages to a local friendly lounge bar, with access to performance places in both East and West Looe via the frequently running ferry.

Devon 5-piece played atop their tour truck.
Devon 5-piece played atop their tour truck.

The Normals took to a stage on the roof of their tour van to play acoustically to a delighted audience in the centre of town.

Looe Music Festival is one of the final such events of the year and this year it benefited from the settled September weather. People could still enjoy the beach and even catch a tan.

Beach

Nick managed the sound in Zute all weekend, delighting audiences with popular classics while taking his own material to the big stage.
Nick managed the sound in Zute all weekend, delighting audiences with popular classics while taking his own material to the big stage.

Bands from the West Country, Cosmic Jarvis, 3 Daft Monkeys and The Selector wowed the crowds early enough to get wristbands on Friday night. On Saturday Tenth Electric supported the Squeeze on the beach and played mostly original material with well-thought out arrangements.

Oompah Brass popped up anywhere and everywhere, carting their brass instruments back and forth across the estuary by ferry to play around 6 performances over the weekend.

Frequent

Zute Bar played host to frequent performances by Nick Mears, who also played a mix of covers and his recently penned songs to his largest crowd to date, on the stage in the bar tent on the beach on Saturday. In Zute, he provided sound for a wide variety of musical styles from Spanish duo Los Peces de Christina, who ended their set with the next act; reggae singer Rivah Jordan, to the Fleetwood Mac-like folk quintet Don’t Touch the Walls.

Czech duo Perkelt played ancient and modern tunes on guitar, recorder and vocals.
Czech duo Perkelt played ancient and modern tunes on guitar, recorder and vocals.

Perkelt were a Czech duo who played medieval and other songs from way back on acoustic guitar accompanying the singer who was a very accomplished recorder player.

Cultures

This backed up the variety of musical roots and cultures performing at Glastonbury this year, although Looe still resisted the tide of DJs and producers, instead letting the songwriters and musicians be centre stage.

A one-man band held audiences on the quayside as he delighted passers by and purists with a rich variety of folk songs.

Here are some more photo highlights of the weekend:

Cristina invited next act, reggae singer Rivah Jordan to duet at the end of her performance
Cristina invited next act, reggae singer Rivah Jordan to duet at the end of her performance
Many people chose a Texan cowboy theme, in particular these people.
Many people chose a Texan cowboy theme, in particular these people.
Don't Touch the Walls gave a lovely performance in Zute Bar, with the band members providing different vocals and arrangements for each folk pop song they played.
Don’t Touch the Walls gave a lovely performance in Zute Bar, with the band members providing different vocals and arrangements for each folk pop song they played.
Tenth Electric played rock/indie with great stage energy.
Tenth Electric played rock/indie with great stage energy.
Looe was kept occupied with stages, bars and quayside kept alive with sound of music.
Looe was kept occupied with stages, bars and quayside kept alive with sound of music.
One man band on quayside kept the folk and classic numbers coming.
One man band on quayside kept the folk and classic numbers coming.

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