Music seemed to come through every window

Laura White
Laura White

Moreton Music Day has become over the years one of the key musical events on Dartmoor.

I counted 41 acts play at five venues in Moretonhampstead from St Andrews Church to Central Café, from The Bell to the main venue The Horse.

The centre of the town was closed to traffic as drum kits, saxophones, amps and countless guitars were unloaded out of the back of pick-ups at the Road Closed signs.

In the baking sunshine on one of the hottest days of the year music lovers spilled out into the town square, often with a cold one in their hands and who can blame them.

Music seemed to come through every window; Central Café was the smallest venue but it was packed with folk and acoustic music, meanwhile the front bar of The Horse, if you could get in, was jumping with RnB, rock, blues and dance music.

The back room, known as The Barn, had a slightly jazzy feel to the music. At 5pm The Bell started with The Treaty playing an old Cream number to kick things off and ended with Chris Back’s band The Dockneys.

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