Despite the change of dates which caused us major problems in terms of ticket sales the festival was in every other sense the best to date in terms of the quality of acts, the organisation and the way the venue operated.
Hugh Masekela was on top form, Mari Boine & Mercedes Peon were both astonishing. Natalie Duncan as well as her set with 12lve (Goldie's Band) got a standing ovation for her brilliant solo set on main stage.
Asere performed their totally acoustic set to a totally rapturous reception . Andy Kershaw was both amusing & informative and reminded us what is missing from the airwaves. Claudia Aurora, Freya Abbot & Ferguson, Chris Wood and Boy With Tape on His Face all gave show stopping performances in the theatre. Blair Dunlop, Sail Pattern & Fran Smith all showed why they are destined for greater things and Changing Horses were on of the unexpected treats of the weekend.The totally acoustic stage run by Pete & Janey Bolton of The Whiskey Dogs got a lot of very positive reaction,. In fact it's really unfair to single out acts because every act got a great reaction including some of our personal favourites like The Tashi Lhunpo Monks , Geoff Berner, Ergo Phizmiz's Third Policeman, Mary Coughlan & Me & My Friends. Kanda Bongo Man kept everyone dancing to the end.
Unfortunately despite assurances that they would do so the venue could not offer us the half term dates in 2012 so the decision was taken to move the festival back to Whitby for 2012.