One of the most popular of these is the Guernsey Arts Commission‘s Arts Sunday, a celebration of all the arts the island has to offer.
For the 2015 event, which saw 10,000-12,000 people head into town, BBC Introducing Guernsey put on a stage of live music for the first time with four varied acts who have been featured on the monthly radio show.
Chloe started off strong with a couple of her original songs, including Heartbreaker which was recently featured on BBC Introducing in both Guernsey and Devon.
Unfortunately technical problems with her guitar got the better of her and Chloe’s set had to be curtailed, but, for the few songs she did play, she went down well with those passing by.
After a short break Buffalo Huddleston took to the stage and as they did a crowd was already beginning to form on the closed road in front of the stage.
After a few songs of their unique blend of self-styled ‘folk hop’ the road was all but blocked by the audience and the number enjoying the music continued to grow across the set.
Once again the five-piece played a relaxed set that saw them having fun on stage while delivering a note perfect performance with older number Chillin’ and newer track Waiting For The Right Song being a couple of highlights.
Buffalo Huddleston rounded off their set with brand new song Mr Cloud, a track inspired by last year’s less than ideal weather at the Sark Folk Festival. The song once again saw the band elevate their game to a new height, much like it did on Liberation Day, and left the audience calling for more.
The third band of the afternoon was Blue Mountains, with the usual two-piece of Colleen Irven and Mike Bonsall being joined by James Le Huray on mandolin.
After a bit of a wobbly start on Henry Lee, the trio’s versions of traditional Appalachian folk songs and murder ballads was back at its fine standard and they soon attracted an audience from those passing along the seafront.
The addition of a mandolin certainly added an extra depth on some tracks and gave a hint at some of the sounds we are likely to hear on Blue Mountains upcoming debut album.
Including original song Born In The Fire alongside the traditional numbers made for a fine performance that once again showed off Colleen’s strong vocals and Mike’s excellently dynamic guitar work.
While Rentoclean set up on stage an expectant crowd began to grow in the road and, as the four-piece launched into their set of punky reggae, it was clear many enjoyed what they heard, whether they were familiar with the band or not.
Despite playing a somewhat differently arranged set to usual, based around songs that saxophone player Brett could play without the use of his broken middle finger, Rentoclean didn’t miss a beat combining upbeat bouncy tracks with a ska vibe with extended slower reggae jams, all to a great reaction.
A highlight for me was a chance to hear Opium War from their debut EP again and they rounded off a sunny and warm afternoon with some suitably summery vibes that also made for a great end to the first BBC Introducing Guernsey live stage.