Rochefort en Accords part three
Left: Karel Beer, facilitator of the festival and general catalyst
Below left: BJ Cole and Martin Stephenson relax together. BJ accompanied lots of different artists throughout the festival in spite of having to play a borrowed pedal steel guitar, after Ryanair damaged the pickup on his own. Apparently there are only 40 pedal steel players in the whole of France, so he was lucky to find one.
Discovery of the festival was Gabriel Yacoub, a singer songwriter whose music had a real mediaeval feel to it. It actually sounded really French and fitted in perfectly. As for the audiences- they were great: they listened, laughed, and danced in all the right places.
That's not a miniature rhinoceros standing on Martin's head- it's part of the decor of the hotel, that he was sitting in front of!
The fantastic sax player, Rob from Canada, said that he'd learned age 14 with Clarence 'Gatemouth' Brown, to play in three part harmony in Clarence's brass section; Clarence would sing and the three of them would have to mimic his line, which was nearly always improvised, in harmony straight away. No wonder he's such a good player!