Sunshine After The Rain -KingsStock 2017

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This is my third visit to the grassroots festival on the Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire border in Moggerhanger Park. This year I could only attend on the Saturday, the busiest day on their calendar, but I was determined to make the most of it! Also the festivals unique policy of not having performances overlap, helped the mission!

It followed a week of “shower bombs” in the area but thankfully the weather was a pleasant mix of cloud and sun- these were some of my favourite performances of the day…

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Matt Hurley was an artist I had the privilege of reviewing his release”Pebbles”last year.

His brilliant performance at the festival introduced songs from his release ” Raising Questions”. It was a real pleasure to enjoy his acoustic set and meet the man in person!

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It was my first encounter with Voices Beyond from Manchester. They were singing songs from their EP , demonstrating amazing Gospel vocals and an uncanny knack for a great song hook! A great cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Signed Sealed Delivered” as well!

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Dave Griffiths was another artist I reviewed last year when “Here And Now” was released.

Subsequently I have played “Abide” from the album several times on my show. His set this year , was a great reminder of what a great artist he is, demonstrating his wealth of experience .. and superb guitar skills! (Oh, and he did a great version of Don Henely’s “Boys Of Summer”!!)

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 Dire Pitan delivered beautifully smooth vocals at KingsStock this year, but this was not my first hearing as I had also reviewed the EP, which demonstrates what a talented artist this is!
Others are noticing too, he is playing The London Hard Rock Cafe in September!
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Daughters of Davis has played at the festival on numerous occasions. During this time they have supported mainstream artists and have preformed on Radio 2. This was the first time I have seen them on stage with a full band, it suited them well and seemed like a natural environment! It also gave us an opportunity to hear songs from their latest album released last year “Not Playing The Game”.

It was a perfect end to an amazing day!

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