There’s nowt so good as folk!

Belly dancer Desna MacKenzie joined Baksheesh on stage at the Winter Gardens.
Belly dancer Desna MacKenzie joined Baksheesh on stage at the Winter Gardens.
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FOLK music fans in Morecambe were treated to an excellent collection of seven of the region’s best bands and singers on Sunday on two stages at the Winter Gardens.

The Worldfolk festival, the last Kalimba event of an action-packed summer, included visitors from Poland, Sweden and Belgium who appreciated four excellent singer songwriters on the sunny outdoor stage.

Manchester’s John Clapper played acoustic guitar with some interesting twists on current artists while Kim Seymour from Kirkby Stephen attracted an appreciative audience on both indoor and outdoor stages His versions of James Taylor and Bob Dylan tracks went down especially well.

Katy Pickles and John Harper played well-crafted sets of new material as always while the children were royally entertained by Donna the fire-eating dragon, stilt-walking and the inimitable Ally the Clown.

Inside, on the main stage the bands commenced with an excellent set from the three-piece Ottersgear whose musicianship was a rare delight for all folk fans with its unique haunting quality and beautiful mandolin playing evoking an Irish flavour at times.

Next came the talented and experienced duo of Ben Farmer and Jane Lawrence whose English folk songs sounded lovely.

Led by Nick Reay, the equally unique Baksheesh were the final band of the day as their lilting Eastern European style ended the first Worldfolk festival with a klesma-influenced set which featured a surprisingly fitting version of Jagger and Richards’ Paint It Black and the surprise addition of Desna Mackenzie with an entrancing belly dancing display to delight the audience.

Completely different to all the other festivals this summer, Worldfolk made a good debut as the penultimate event of the summer.