While it would be useful to acquire omnipresent powers, the constraints of any festival review lean heavily upon the personal perspective. So full respect and admiration for any artist not seen over the weekend, but if you went on quality sampling of what was witnessed, then they too would have been worthy of your time. On an action packed weekend starting on the stroke of five on Friday teatime running through until Sunday afternoon, many acts rivalled for the festival highlights, with some neat scheduling giving artists multi sets. Reflecting on the events of the weekend left the conundrum of structuring the review, with possible options being a chronological, A to Z or preference format. However let’s try something different and embark on a Maverick Festival intercontinental virtual road trip. So fasten your seatbelt and prepare to be taken from LA to Suffolk via many ports of call.
|John Wort Hannam|
|Luke Winslow King|
Hop onto I-40, head east out of the fertile song writing state of Oklahoma and eventually Music City will beckon. However we have one further destination in the Deep South which featured prominently in Maverick before we land in Nashville. 2016 was Jimmie Rodgers tribute year for the festival and for an hour and a half on Friday evening the Peacock Stage was the domain of leading interpreter Britt Gully. He co-ordinated a celebration of the Singing Brakeman’s music with the help of many of the artists playing the festival including Sam Outlaw, Luke Winslow King and Robyn Hitchcock. Yodelling was optional, but the spirit of one of country music’s pioneers was prevalent in this corner of Maverick.
As we wind our way to the festival site through the lanes of Suffolk, the journey from LA is almost complete. Nine Maverick Festivals are in the book with hopefully double digits being accomplished a year from now. The artists featured in this review are far from household names, but each one, plus the others that were only curtailed by time, deserve the utmost credit for putting musical integrity at the top of their agenda. They are, and always will be, the stars of the Maverick Festival.