|Friday warm up session at Kildare Lodge Hotel, Minehead|
The pre-festival warmup at the Kildare Lodge Hotel, Minehead on Friday before was packed with musicians showing off their talents and practising for their spots on the three big stages at the Beach Hotel, Minehead and the survivors session on Sunday at the Britannia Inn, Alcombe was well attended by many musicians who, for lots of good reasons, were finding it really hard to say goodbye.
|Belly dancing at the Acorn Folk Club|
The main day's event ran from 11am to 11pm in and around the Beach Hotel on Minehead's sea front, on Saturday 20th September 2014, with music from almost every conceivable genre, including pop music covers, rock, Klezmer, choral music, a cappella singing and even ragtime, jigs and reels. There was even a bit of belly dancing in the middle of the Acorn Folk Club session.
Musicians were also encouraged to busk on the sea front or anywhere else in Minehead they could find a suitable spot with the intention of providing a memorable day of music locally for everybody.
|Survivors Session at the Britannia Inn, Alcombe|
Apparently, Richard, the organiser, is planning another Minehead Musician Festival next year in 2015. With his philosophy that all types of music and song are welcome, as long as they entertain and contribute to everybody having a great time, I could see even more genres being represented next year and this free festival going from strength to strength.
From my own point of view, after I had done my three hours busking jigs, reels, Klezmer and ragtime tunes on the sea front with the help of two lovely lady folk musicians, I was happy just to let the wonderful sounds and songs flow over me as I chatted to all the great musicians and singers at the festival who share a mutual passion for making music.
Amazingly, the whole festival was run on a zero budget. Musicians and singers played for free and the Beach Hotel didn't charge for the use of their property. It was a festival that truly ran on 'goodwill' by those participating and it seems that's a pretty good recipe.
So, if you are a musician or singer, and you enjoy the company of other musicians, or even if you like being entertained by music as a listener, why not check out the Minehead Musicians Festival Facebook Group and the Minehead Music website. New faces are always welcome to listen, mingle, chat, party and maybe even perform their pop music, rock music, Klezmer, choral music, a cappella singing, Morris dancing, ragtime, jigs and reels or whatever.
If you can't wait for the next free Minehead Musicians festival, why not drop in to one of the weekly sessions? Based on my experience, I'm sure you will be made welcome. Perhaps I'll see you there