As part of the Museums at Night programme and the Guernsey Literary Festival Castle Cornet threw open its gates on the evening of Friday 16th May 2014 for more than 40 events from film screenings and guided historical tours to live music.
The evening started out with Sark based five-piece The Recks who played to a large and constantly growing crowd on the castle’s south battery. As ever their performance was upbeat and, while most were content to sit and watch while enjoying the sun and a picnic, the band went down very well with many calls for an encore as their set finished.
They were followed by The Space Pirates of Rocquaine who continued the fun and got quite a few youngsters up and dancing to their songs that cover everything from witches and werewolves to pirates and Sark Skies. Following last week’s somewhat underwhelming outing on Liberation Day the band were back firing on all cylinders tonight and, like The Recks, went down very well with the big crowd at Castle Cornet’s picturesque south battery.
While silent film classic F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu was screening in one of the castle’s magazine buildings another, smaller stage featured some more low-key musical performances and gave me my first chance to catch acoustic duo Blue Mountains. With guitars, mandolins and a dulcimer to hand they combined some sweet instrumental tones with great vocals to create their own sound and, while I didn’t catch their whole set tonight, I hope it won’t be too long before I can see them again as they sounded very good at the Castle.