|Ben Folke Thomas|
While staying on the Friday evening, two further acts were caught just before entering the main arena and both were known to me to differing extents. All the way from Northern Ireland, The Rising played a rousing set of predominately rock infused music and came across as an impressive live act with plenty of passionate spirit within a line-up containing the usual drums, keys and guitars. Emma Stevens easily won the battle between her and Thomas Rhett for my attention and she carried on as seen twice before with a breezy batch of catchy folk pop songs. Maybe brave to try a little bluegrass in its infancy, but Emma is forever ‘moving’ when venturing into the territory of the songs that frame her reason for playing.
|Paul Carella and Caddy Cooper|