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* Events: Oyster Fest Review
Posted Oct 11, 2002 - 03:45 PM
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Events After the opening of the Oyster Festival yesterday by guest chef Aldo Zilli Tri Map Harth took the floor with their inimitable brand of traditional folk which got toes tapping and heads nodding.

In the evening the S'eagles took over with an acoustic gig. It was very well received and their new drummer, Steve Jackson, fitted in very well. I caught them again later at the Beach Cafe where the sound was a bit more country but they're always good value - rock on guys!

On Friday the lunchtime slot was admirably filled by Max who was joined this year by Paul Dunn on baritone, tenor and soprano sax and together they put together some very mellow sounds.

The evening belonged to Manouche. Jon Fry and Dan Heaton were on guitar and Tony Hilton on bass as last year but they added Ross Hamilton on percussion and Paul Haywood on sax to make an even better sound. Their Django Reinhardt style went down extremely well.

Saturdays parade was led by The Old Glory Creole Jazz Band who then played in the marquee for a while. It included also the Marine Band, always good for the craic, Wreckers Morris who danced on the quay, the childrens' parade - well done Marlborough School - plus the Town Crier and other vehicles including Falmouth Bay Oysters' mermaid.

That evening it was the turn of The Very Strangers with a great mix of standards and Simon's own stuff - loved Just a Heavy Song! Luke doubled on lead and bass until our sound engineer, Eddie Jewell, shook off some rust to do a great job in the second set, also joined by Brian on harmonica. Darren, the drummer, was also excellent, especially at short notice.

The festival ended on Sunday with the guitars of Paul and Steve of No Excuse who sadly had to finish early as they were threatening to bring the house down (or was it the force 8 gale?).

However, apart from that it was a very good week. The chefs were all entertaining, especially young Craig who stepped in at the last moment. The festival could not run without volunteers, some from the Marine College plus more mature oyster openers. Ryan Wilson did a fine sound job for Manouche while Eddie was on Pavilion duty. The food and craft tent was busy every day as were the bars. The committee are too numerous to mention but Mike Rangcroft pulled it all together, Sam Groom of Carrick's Events Dept did most of the liaison, Paul Greenhead of the Seafarers' organised the chefs and Tim Richards sorted the musical side. Just one example of the co-operation that came was the loss of parking revenue to the Harbour Commissioners. Nice to see Nigel Hewitt who started it all only six years ago. This year was even better than last so 2003 could be the best yet.

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