Despite all the problems Musicport had endured over its abandoned venue project and the difficulties posed by having to decide to relocate the festival in 2008 somehow the 2007 Festival still happened and the sun shone for most of the weekend.
Rachid Taha was on great form & really showed why he is held in such esteem...Courtney Pine obviously enjoyed having an audience who were up and dancing and had everyone on his side by the end of a great performance...Varttina were extraordinary ..wonderful musicianship great audience connection and yet of another world..a Gothic Abba someone remarked...... Sidi Goma, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Susheela Raman, Galina Durmushliyska, Doreen Thobekile, Mary Coughlan, Black Voices, Lau & Nuru Kane & The Bayefall Gnawa all put in truly excellent performances. The debut of Jo Freya's Lal Waterson Project was a beautiful interlude on the Sunday afternoon and the album was the top seller of the weekend at the Folk Devils stall. Despite us confusing everything by moving the stages in the main hall (some loved it others were not so keen) and perhaps not using the theatre enough, it was a good way to say farewell to Whitby.
Rachid Taha(Algeria), Courtney Pine, Varttina (Finland), Linton Kwesi Johnson Nuru Kane & The Bayefall Gnawa (Senegal), Susheela Raman, Tiris (Western Sahara), Galina Durmuskhliyska (Bulgaria), Sidi Goma (India), Kékélé; (DR Congo), Muntu Valdo (Cameroon), Mary Coughlan (Eire), Adel Salameh Trio (Palestine), Bollywood Brass Band , LAU (Scotland), Jo Freya’s Lal Waterson Project (World Premiere), Doreen Thobekile (South Africa), Gilad Atzmon & The Orient House Ensemble, Forty Thieves Orkestar, Black Voices, Eduardo Niebla Experience (Spain/India), Ceri Rhys Matthews & Christine Cooper (Wales), Allah Lake Band , Neuneneu . Paul Simmonds, Kris Drever, Banner Theatre Company The Sex Patels . The Auvo Quartet (UK/ Finland), London Bon Dancers (Japan), Edwina Hayes.