Had a magical few hours at Peterborough’s Willow Festival last night. Warm sunshine, and a varied mix of great music, combined to make a great evening.
Kerry Devine offered a strong female voice and good backing band. Lots to like but my standout favourite was a slow, vocal-driven version of House of the Rising Sun. Then to the opposite end of the site to see Motor City Vipers, who played a brilliant set of Motown and soul songs – perfect material for such an event. Especially liked Tears of a Clown – a long-standing favourite – which manages to contain several killer tunes within the one song.
Then to a lesser stage to see this outfit. They were more primal than the polished sound on display here. They had a great sound, were enjoying themselves hugely – one of those rare moments where the actual songs didn’t matter. What’s more the equally appreciative Motor City Vipers frontman was able to nudge his partner and point out his proximity to me in the audience
Back to the main stage for the closing act who provided very good covers of very good songs, including Teen Spirit, and Alright Now.