NOT much time to spare this morning as we need to load in at the festival site around 11am.
The weather’s not so good today, but I don’t think it’ll cause any problems. There’s plenty of folks on hand to help with the load in and soon I’m sound checked and ready for my 1pm show.
Preparation of the big festival lunch – a special gumbo – is being overseen by yesterday’s headliner Larry Garner who’s brought his own recipe from his home in Louisiana.
There’s so many folks we know here for my show – plus many festival organisers, promoters, magazine folks and a heap of photographers from all over France. There’s great enthusiasm, interest and encouragement and I have a great time playing.
Margaret is swamped at the merch table and it’s a good thing we brought extra merch. Once things have calmed down I pack my gear then go to do an interview with one of the French blues magazines whose journalists ply me with whisky.
Official business over, we go backstage and have a huge plate of gumbo…I’m gonna have to pester Larry for the secret!
Sugaray closes the festival with an awesome afternoon set…with a highlight being an acoustic section and some accapella numbers.
We hang out backstage with Larry, Sugaray and his band while some work is done breaking down the village outside, then at 8pm work stops and we all eat and drink for the next few hours. It’s been an awesome few days…and a great trip.
The hospitality and kindness form our hosts has been exceptional.
Long trip home tomorrow…