Let the music play on

Folk singer Alastair McDonald, who opened Musicfest, is joined by the event's founder Lorna Cammock (third, right) and members of Uddingston pride.
Folk singer Alastair McDonald, who opened Musicfest, is joined by the event's founder Lorna Cammock (third, right) and members of Uddingston pride.
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FOUNDER Lorna Cammock has been delighted with the response to the inaugural Musicfest event in Uddingston.

The week-long festival closed yesterday (Tuesday) with the village having enjoyed seven days of music, song and drama.

Lorna, who came up with the idea of Musicfest after witnessing a similar event in Germany, said: “It’s been wonderful, it has got everyone talking and has just brought happiness to the village.

“It’s been incredible how quickly everything came together, things just kept dropping into my lap and I had some wonderful people helping me.

“I know there were a few fears that we hadn’t given ourselves enough time, but it proved unfounded and I’m delighted we pushed ahead.”

Musicfest was officially opened by folk singer Alastair McDonald last Thursday, but Lorna wasn’t one for sitting on her laurels and was still adding performers as the event went on.

Glasgow’s Machar Liz Lochhead from Newarthill agreed 
to appear at Uddingston 
Old Parish Church on 
Saturday at literally minutes’ notice.

Lorna said: “I was with my friend in Rutherglen and heard Liz doing a poem about miners.

“I told her we had Summerlee ‘B flat miner’ at the church later on and she insisted on coming along, you should have seen the faces when she walked in unannounced.”

Fittingly Lorna herself closed the festival at Redstones Hotel accompanied by flautist Alison Scott and guitarist Gordon West.

She said: “One thing is for sure I’m going to have some stories to tell when I return to Germany next month.”