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Beardy Folk Festival

Beardy Folk Festival is a new, beautifully crafted, Midsummer music weekend set in a secret walled garden, boasting a brilliant line up of contemporary, traditional & acoustic indie folk music, food court, real ale, cider and cocktail bars and family fun. Or so the ad said. Then along come Covid-19. The festival was postponed until 17-20th September and many doubted that it would happen. But it did. Beardy Dave and his team achieved what would have been thought of as impossible (and frankly unnecessary) a year ago. A safe, socially distanced music festival that complied with all the pandemic regulations but was still an amazing experience for artists and audience alike.

More pictures to follow but here are Hannah Martin and John Spiers performing as part of Gigspanner Big Band.

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Missing Live Music

One of the things I have missed most during the "unprecedented" period of restrictions is live music. I'm hoping that at least one festival will be able to take place this year. Meanwhile, here is Ian Siegal playing the blues from a few years ago.

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Madeira

Go to Madeira they said. It will be lovely they said. So on Friday 13 (we should have known better) we set off to Funchal. Unfortunately, this was a couple of days ahead of the COVID-19 lockdown that was progressively imposed across Europe. So not the pictures we were hoping for as travel was severely limited and, by the middle of the week, almost everything was closed.

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