Concertina group based in Maidstone, Kent, UK
Once more, we were asked to provide festive music for the December East Farleigh Farmers' Market. We were in our usual place just outside the entrance, welcoming shoppers as they arrived. Thankfully, the weather was not too bad, with no wind and a reasonably mild temperature for the time of year.
There were eleven players in the band and we started our first session as the market opened at 10:00am. The intention was to play for a while, have a break, and then continue again until the market finished at 1:00pm. However, as rain was threatened for late morning, we carried on until just before noon. As we were enjoying our refreshment break, the drizzle started and, although not heavy, was not conducive to concertina playing. Concertinas do not like the wet! We were therefore forced to conclude our performance.
On the plus side, it gave us an opportunity to go round the market (especially indoors!) where there was plenty to enjoy. This included:
We will certainly be back for another visit even if we are not playing Christmas music!