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3,600 Fans Attend Rockfield 2012 The third Rockfield Country Music Festival took place over the Queen's Jubilee weekend of 1st-4th June 2012. More than 3,600 country music fans travelled from all over the country - and some as far as from Spain and Holland - to be at the event which saw 25 country bands take to the main stage.
The musical entertainment began on Friday afternoon and it saw the return of Double JR. Normally a duo, they were joined on stage by a great pedal steel player which gave their sound an added dimension.
Friday evening saw last year's Rockfield Battle Of the Country Bands runner-up, Darren Jones, and the return of 2010's rockabilly-country band, Doggone Country playing storming sets through until midnight.
aturday afternoon was the first heat of the 2012 Battle of the Bands sponsored by Monnow Valley Studio who offered �2000 of recording time to the artistes who received the most audience votes.
The first band to play were three Indian gentlemen (now living in London) whose band Jack, Johnny & Old Monk is named after brands of alcoholic beverages. This was the first time the band had played a festival and were delighted to be part of the event.
Saturday: Battle of the Bands Heat 1 Singer/songwriter Ayesha Jeffreys from Swansea was next. Her new-country pop/rock/blues style was superb with great melodies and accomplished musicanship from her band.
The Big Nowhere followed with a more relaxed style of alt-country Americana and and had the unenviable position of being sandwiched between Ayesha and eventual winners, The Redhillbillies.
Coming from Somerset, The Redhillbillies had a mountain-country sound made up of banjo, accordian, guitar, double bass and drums. The crowd loved it and gave them 50% of Saturday's votes.
Krystal Mills had to cancel her performance on the day because of a throat infection and was replaced by Tanja Tucker. The local girl impressed the audience and she came second on Saturday's vote
Loren Balaam returned for a third year in the competition but her style had become too rocky for the stalwart country audience and she couldn't repeat her success of recently winning a similar contest to play at Raglan Festival later this summer.
Saturday evening entertainment was provided by British Country Music Award's best duo, Spur, and best rising star Kay 'D'. Plus returning to Rockfield were last year's Battle winners, Sidewinder from Holland. The band had combined their trip to the UK with their recording prize at Monnow Valley Studio where they had laid down eight tracks for a soon to be released album.
Sunday's Battle opened with Manchester four-piece Duke Shotts & The Keg Smugglers who played a great set of country, the highlight being a cover of Blake Shelton's The More I Drink.
More acoustic guitars followed with the Ginjammers - a duo that provided incredible harmonies wowing the crowd into giving them second place overall in the competition.
Paul Duggan & Son travelled up from Barry in a story that could make a great country song. Unfortunately, their camper van broke down on the way and they had to travel half the journey by taxi and then sleep in a minibus at the venue when they discovered their tent had a leak.
Southern Country, a new band from South East England were one of the favourites to win first prize but came second on the day behind The Ginjammers and third overall behind winners The Redhillbillies.
Sunday night entertainment was opened by Chloe & The High Tides, a quintet from Tyne & Wear. Trio, The Texas Tornadoes followed with a mix of old and new country hits. And the night was finished off with the return of Chris James.
Monday afternoon should have seen the Queen's Jubilee Sheep Racing but unfortunately this had to be cancelled due to the weather and ground conditions. Still, �209 was raised in preliminary betting for the Victoria Eye Unit at Hereford County Hospital.
Monday's musical entertainment begain in the afternoon with solo singer Daniel Berry and new country-rock outfit, Kyotie. The evening saw Nashville Star Search winner, Rachel Cain, followed by 2 Card Trick and, to end the event, Ian Highland & Twilight Country.
In a closing ceremony, a cheque for �1509 was presented to The Victora Eye Unit at Hereford County Hospital which was money raised for the charity over the last two years. The organsiers would like to thank all the volunteers who helped run the event and the bands and patrons for creating such a wonderful atmosphere and look forward to seeing everyone again in 2013