PHOTOS: Cobargo Folk Festival success is music to the ears

FESTIVAL director of the Cobargo Folk Festival Dave Crowden has praised this year’s festival as one of the best yet. 

“It was a really enjoyable weekend with lots of fantastic music and performances,” he said.

“The crowds were very relaxed, the feedback is that they really enjoyed the program.

“I think there was a perception there were less people than last year, but that’s not what the gate takings say so people were just very low-key and dispersed around a lot of venues – there were plenty of things to see. 

“From a financial perspective it’s certainly been a success.

“I would say the weather was perfect, but a drop of rain wouldn’t have hurt for locals, so I’ll just say it was beautiful!”

Music, poetry, dancing and workshops for almost every type of creative practice could be found at the Cobargo Folk Festival, which tuned up on Thursday night with a concert at Cobargo Pub before the full festival program started on the Cobargo Showground on Friday.

The festival ended on Sunday night with a thank you barbecue for performers and volunteers after the official close at 6pm.

Mr Crowden said there were several highlights across the performance spectrum including comedians Martin Pearson, Steddy Eddy, Glover and Sorrenson, and Kerrianne Cox. 

“All the comedy shows were packed and there was a lot of laughter,” he said.

Mr Crowden said musical highlights included The Underscore Orkestra from the US city of Portland, the South American sounds of Pukara and The Beez from Germany.

Bunyip - the children’s tent – was also a popular venue, with The Underscore Orkestra and Melanie Horsnell both making an appearance, as well as local magician The Great Zamboni. 

The youth tent sponsored by The Crossing was the scene of many debuts and as usual was the place to spot the Bega Valley’s up and coming musical talent.

“I don’t really want to single anything out, as the weekend as a whole was incredible, but the highlight was the ‘Afropop’ of Paul Mbenna and the Okapi Guitar Band, which finished the weekend on Sunday,” Mr Crowden said. 

“I think the level of talent throughout the festival was great, but Mbenna was a surprise highlight for me.”

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