The Fordham Festival

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While the weather may have held out for Fordham's event sadly the punters did not. While the
line up on the Sunday was interesting and appealing it was largely wasted on an audience equally…well…wasted…mainly as a result of the local ales and lethal scrumpy on offer.

The event was well organized though, there were plenty of food options and areas for tents and a lot of fun stuff for the kids. There was a relaxed and friendly vibe at this event and the crowd that began to gather seemed to be having a great time.

While I sampled some of the dodgy ales the curiously named Dead Mans Plimsoll took to the stage looking like Guns and Roses roadies they blasted their way through several numbers finishing with a tribute to Led Zep. "We used to be called Deadman's Flip Flop" one band member tells me."  Indeed.

Next up was the Giffer sound of Long Tall Shorty who were quite simply brilliant playing all their well known numbers including Shine On Me and On the Streets featured on the new Mod Mania album recently on release. Tony Morrison managed to woo the audience with his unique charm and personality and surprised a few with a blast of 70s rock guitar inbetween demonstrating his ability to turn it up and manage the odd drunken heckler with expertise.

By this time it wasn’t just the weather that had warmed up but the crowd were positively glowing (and not just because of the sunburn and cider)as The Vortex were being introduced featuring (as the MD was quick to inform us) “Bonehead formerly from Oasis” I ponder on the thought of being forever more described as a Bonehead and what that feels like. Bonehead on the other hand is a proper gent and came to say hello before he went onstage.

The band look cool it must be said, despite an uncanny likeness to the brothers Gallagher, at least in style. Nonetheless new vocalist Mackie delivered a great vocal performance and with a little humour and banter had the captured the attention of the gathering crowd. The tracks were strong, memorable and often anthemic-particular favourites of mine being Firefly and Oblivion a rousing end to the set. I think this band could go far-so watch this space.

Next up were ska band King Hammond featuring ex Bad manners Nick Welsh who is back in the game with a new CD release THE KING AND I featuring all his best ska tracks and well worth a listen if ska is what tickles your fancy. The audience certainly seemed to like the flavour of his music and King Hammond were warming the audience up for the finale SECRET AFFAIR rather nicely.

Secret Affair did not disappoint starting with a new version of Solomon Burkes “None of us are Free” the audience grew in strength and sang along, dancing, cheering and clapping to every favourite track from the old favourites Let Your Heart Dance to new tracks Ride and the ever popular I don’t Need No Doctor, made famous by legend Steve Marriott in his Humble Pie days. Latest news straight from the horses mouth is that a new album is set for release featuring all their singles plus a few bonus tracks we have been longing to hear-Soho Dreams being one of my personal favourites. The evening ended with two encores and then the remaining die hard punters continued worshipping at the Altar of Ale until the sun came up…

© Words – Tracey Wilmot
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