Grassington supports emerging musical talent at its annual festival
Lexy Glacet, Lifestyle Correspondent
The sun was shining, the birds singing and the village was overflowing with visitors basking in the gloriousness of the day. OK, so that's not strictly true! In fact it's not true at all. It was a particularly dismal day on all accounts, but despite the appalling weather situation, the crowds did leave the warmth and shelter of their homes and venture out for the Grassington Festival Emerging Talent evening.
As if by clockwork (and most unusual for music events), the school bell was rung and we were sent shuffling from the bar into the main hall for the performance to start. The dimly lit auditorium was set out with a mixture of seating and standing areas and there was an excited buzz forming as the first act - Jade McLellan took to the stage. The rousing mix of folk tunes and unlikely pop covers were received well by the Grassington crowd, who clearly enjoyed Jade's deep, earthy tones and crystal notes. The classical, jazz singer appeared well rehearsed and confident, with her accompaniment adding to the richness of her performance.
A swift change and on came Jonny Goode: a singer/songwriter recently moved to the area from London. With his appealing charm, Jonny spoke to the audience with ease, introducing a set consisting of his own songs and a couple of covers. Drawing from his time living in South London, Jonny hit the crowd with his gritty yet comfortable songwriting and unique voice. The attentive gathering was delighted by his enigmatic style, and Jonny left the stage to generous applause and cheers.
With more people arriving, the stage was re jigged and set for the headlining act - Miss 600. The jaunty jazz duo were joined by a six piece band and backing singer, producing an up tempo and lively performance. The sparkling dresses dazzled the audience, while Hannah Garner's lead vocals kissed the ears of the enchanted listeners. The duo, who normally plays acoustically seemed at home amongst the glitz and glamour of the evening and meshed well with the melee of talented musicians. Executing an accomplished set, Miss 600 captivated the audience, who were left demanding an encore.
The buzz felt at the beginning of the night was transported into the foyer of the Town Hall, where many people gathered for a post performance drink and to wax lyrical about the evening's events. All acts were seen chatting to the exiting guests and a plethora of happy faces were witnessed as the night came to a close.
Grassington supports emerging musical talent at its annual festival, 17th June 2012, 17:18 PM