Tee festival strikes all the right notes

Live music fans of all ages found something to suit their tastes at Saturday's Tee in the Port festival.
Live music fans of all ages found something to suit their tastes at Saturday's Tee in the Port festival.

the sun may not quite have shone the way it did in 2010, but in every other way the second annual Tee In The Port music festival, held at Port Bannatyne Golf Club on Saturday, was more than a match for its predecessor.

Hundreds of live music fans from on and off the island flocked to the slopes of the course to hear the sound of seven different bands, spread across the best part of nine hours.

And as day gave way to dusk and more and more in the audience put their dancing moves on display, the decision to bring back the festival for a second year must have been more than vindicated in the minds of the organisers.

Saturday’s bill began with Bi Polar Bear, the winners of the Rothesay Academy ‘Battle of the Bands’ contest featured in last week’s issue - and though the trio’s audience on Saturday may have been rather smaller than the one which heard them play at the school, thanks mostly to the dreich weather, they were no less appreciative of the band’s efforts.

Next up were Fluff And The Voodoo Wah, led by the eponymous Fluff (aka Robert Murray) and Natalie Masterton on vocals, ably backed up by their three bandmates on guitar and drums.

Local legends (as described by MC Bob Sutherland) Rise were next to take to the stage, and soon had the audience grooving and singing along to their combination of self-penned material and imaginative covers, none better than their signature closing number, a funky version of Wilson Pickett’s Mustang Sally.

Light-hearted whimsy and thoughtful philosophy sat cheek-by-jowl in the set of sometime Daintees frontman Martin Stephenson, accompanied by Kenny Brady on the fiddle, before rockers Dark Stanley stepped into the spotlight to blow away any lingering cobwebs.

The day’s second visitors from north-east England, Stan, kept up the pace with a similarly lively set before the day’s final act, The Racketeers, got everyone - well, nearly everyone! - up and dancing with their fantastic covers of everything from The Beatles and Buddy Holly to the Stone Roses and Stereophonics.

By this time the party atmosphere was well and truly in full swing, with young children, grandparents and those of all ages in between already looking forward with eager anticipation to see what the organisers can come up with in 2012.