The Old Station Pocklington
Pocklington Arts Centre is a cracking little venue halfway between York and Hull. Each year they create a bigger venue in the town’s listed former railway station and stage a four day music and comedy festival culminating in a full day of musical treats. We couldn’t catch Lucinda Williams earlier in the week but we did enjoy the Saturday session with continuous music over two stages plus a showcase for young local acoustic artists outside. Here are some of the many highlights.
Yorkshire bands The Dunwells and Seafret performed strong sets alongside a host of other artists
Its easy to see the popularity of The Shires. Their anthemic country pop and good looks make for a winning Radio Two formula. They gave a great performance with a tight backing band and great stagecraft. Their “Nashville in England” theme probably doesn’t have legs but they converted this sceptic.
I didn’t need any convincing about Danny & the Champions of the World having followed Danny George Wilson’s career since Grand Drive. There cannot be any better country soul band. Coming on in the early evening they really warmed up an audience who, I suspected, were unsure what to expect.
Following Danny was Badly Drawn Boy who provided enigmatic and thoughtful music between his deadpan commentary of the troubles of our times.
Until I booked these tickets, the music of headliner Gretchen Peters had passed me by. I am glad I boned up with her recent Essential album. Hauntingly sad, personal songs sit well alongside more upbeat observational and often humorous numbers. Live she is a delight alongside her pianist/ accordionist husband Barry Walsh and a very competent band. Gretchen said “There are those people who find sad songs miserable and there are the rest of us” before delivering the aching “On A Bus To St Cloud”.
I fine end to a fine day.
A friendly and appreciative crowd. Mostly middle aged with a number of followers of the younger bands.
It made me think..
A festival with a roof, chairs and a hard floor- genius