DUTCH musician Ewald Verhoeven brought the unusual sound of the bagpipe to Bognor Regis.
Ewald played the Celtic instrument during the concert by The Wild Geese on Sunday. “It’s my first time at this festival and it’s a good craic,” he said.
“I watched the Oysterband last night and they were really brilliant and there are some good workshops going on. It’s really enjoyable.” Ewald, 25, has been playing the bagpipes since he was ten.
“It’s traditional and I love it. It can be a difficult instrument to master but, once you have done that, it sticks to you.
“You can give it up for a while but you will always come back to it,” he said.
The Wild Geese played to a packed audience in the studio at the Regis Centre.
Next door saw guitarist Kris Landeg hold a guitar workshop. The Littlehampton resident, aged 31, was a late replacement on the programme. However, he lost no time in passing on tips he has gained in a career which sees him performing in a jazz trio at the Kensington Hotel as well as appearances at venues like upmarket Quaglino’s in the capital.
He said: “I’m doing something different today and looking at using percussion as part of the performance. It adds more to the sound and a different dynamic.”
A short distance away outside, the Bellacapella singers were delighting an appreciative audience in the High Street outside The William Hardwicke.
The set list of the choir, which numbers 100, featured nine songs. They included The Beatles’ I Feel Fine, Summertime and Maliswe from South Africa. One of the singers, Wendy Elsdon, 68, of Felpham, said: “We all come together to create wonderful harmonies and it’s really uplifting.
“We all come to our meetings with different things going on in our lives and it’s inspirational and our leader, Emily Barden, really gets us up and running.
“It’s fabulous being able to perform. I think everyone sings better when they have an audience.”
She has been a member of the choir for five months and Sunday’s performance was her first outdoors with the choir.
The Southdowns Folk Singers also appeared in The William Hardwicke. Individual performers included Alistair Goodwin, Claire Hastings, Jason Hinchey, Mike Reinstein, John Forrester, Rosie and Rowan and Trevor Clawson