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Festival Cafe - day two

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Alan Braidwood Alan Braidwood | 18:15 UK time, Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Sophie Stephenson, one of the runners working on this year's Festival Cafe has written this blog about the second day.

Sophie Stephenson

Day two of the Festival Café and instead of lots and lots of rain we had glorious sunshine. The green room was buzzing with our international array of Finnish, American, Australian and Irish acts warming up and getting ready for their soundcheck. The arrival of Electro-vocalist group Fork caused quite a stir of excitement especially when they huddled together in a corner to run through their songs. In fact, the warm ups were so catchy comedy duo The Pajama Men joined in, singing along to chorus of the classic Madonna tune Like a Prayer.
Fork waiting to appear on the Festival Cafe

The utterly gorgeous cabaret singer Ali McGregor even made it a family affair during sound-check which came in the form of her two year old daughter who came onstage and helped her mum check levels. The vibe backstage today was very jovial indeed! Ali McGregor's adorable daughter and our four piece acapella act, Fork, extended the greenroom outdoors with energetic leaps! Fork are a Finnish group who look like stars and dress like stars - tall, striking and gorgeous these guys certainly dressed to impress in their sleek black attire.

One man show Johnny O'Callaghan was the epitome of cool in the green room as he waited to sound-check - instantly coming alive once that microphone turned on. Festival Café presenter Clare English who looked fabulous again today led the guests and the audience through 45 minutes that was full of laughs and incredible musical performances. Fork brought unbelievable harmonies and Ali McGregor brought a dash of glamour all the way down to her gold sparkly heels. Mark and Shenoah of The Pajama Men brought the house down with laughter performing a part of their show and Johnny O'Callaghan had the audience gripped with tales from his show Who's your Daddy.

We couldn't have asked for a better day and we still have 8 shows left. Roll on tomorrow - it's going to be great.


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