Woodburystock 2015.

Force Cancer Charity is to benefit by £1,200 following a successful weekend of blues, roots and folk music held at the Maltsters Arms in Woodbury. Held on the 19th & 20th June, Friday night kicked off with Bicton Street Blues in fine form followed by the inimitable Hooper & Mills. The Sugar Shakers played a storming set, bringing a touch of Canvey Island with their strong repertoire of Dr. Feelgood numbers among others. How do you follow that? Junkyard Angels did admirably, closing the evening with their strong and varied American blues set.

Saturday afternoon brought the promise of showers but it was decided to go ahead outside anyway. Gareth Hedges started with his entertaining repertoire of ragtime and country blues. Far From The Delta in their busking mode came next, notable for their remarkably effective drum kit of kitchen implements. It was lovely to see and hear Woodbury Community Choir and nice to have some home grown entertainment. Dick Graham entertained us with traditional blues/folk songs and the sun shone, then there was a very small shower. Rounding up the garden session was Josie Lloyd who recently played Exmouth Festival.

Then Saturday evening started. The Session Band brought us blues & pop and provided the only sighting of a ukulele in proceedings. The Low a Notes took us back to the sixties with their mixture of Humble Pie and Doors numbers. Full of life Doctors Orders made their third appearance at this festival and were their usual exuberant selves. Bad Knees Blues Band gave a very solid performance as only a band of their experience and quality can before The Sensational Travelling Bluesburys rounded up the evening.

Such is the interest in this small festival now that the organisers are booking bands for next year already. All in all two great days of entertainment and a useful donation to a worthwhile cause.