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Music at Whitehaven Festival

Bill Bailey's five star jazz band

Music was a large feature of Whitehaven Maritime Festival 2007. With two main stages and a continuous programme all tastes were catered for. Above can be seen Bill Bailey's Five Star Jazz Band who had everyone's feet tapping with their traditional jazz.

Albanach kilts drums and pipes

On the Stobart stage by contrast Albanach produced an almost primal energy with their heavy drumming and Scottish pipes.

Thomas Mawson

The festival gave some local artists a chance to perform in front of a very large crowd. This included local singer songwriter Thomas Mawson who seemed to have brought his own fan club and did a good set accompanying himself on guitar.

mazzoni play to the festival crowd

Indie rockers mazzoni on stage

Very popular local band Mazonni performed their indie rock to a large appreciative crowd on the CFM stage and did so with confidence.

Marratimes at the maritime festival

The Marratimes demonstrate the success of music at the Maritime Festival having formed for the 2005 event and ending up releasing a CD Whitehaven Blues and playing again in 2007.

Backbeat Beatles at Maritime festival

John Paul George and Ringo soundalikes on the Stobart stage

There are many tribute bands on the circuit these days and more than a handful represent the Beatles but the Backbeat Beatles are the best and their set on the Friday night knocked out some of the great hits from the Cavern club era with great energy and authenticity.

The Sea Dogs folk rock band

A great band to get the crowd singing along even when it rained was The Sea Dogs. Their rendition of What Shall we do with  a Drunken Sailor in a thumping folk/rock style got the proceedings started and then classics like Whiskey in a Jar got everyone joining in.

Rollin Stoned on the Stobart stage

Mick and KeithKeith and Bill

Rollin Stoned

The headline act for the Saturday night were Rollin' Stoned, another tribute act which recreated all the best hits of the Stones with great verve and ability. Authenticity of their greatest days was recreated with vintage instruments, flamboyant costumes and an energetic stage act.