4 July 2011
Last updated at 13:37
The 2011 Sark Folk Festival on 1-3 July more than trebled the island's population as more than 1,500 people travelled to the island for a full weekend of music spanning all forms of folk. Three members of the organising committee played with their band The Barley Dogs to a packed Alligande stage audience.
The first visiting act on the two main stages were O'Hooley and Tidow on the Vermerette stage. As well as playing a set mixing neo-classical and traditional folk influences the duo were presented with the best debut award by Spiral Earth, who partnered the festival.
The new Tintageu stage featured a mix of performers including the garage folk of The Crowman who were joined on stage for a few songs by The John Wesley Stone's Tinshack on banjo and Tonight The Skies' James Le Huray on snare.
Cornish quartet Crowns made a storming return to the Bailiwick, following their show in May alongside John Cooper Clarke at the Fermain Tavern, and got the early evening crowd dancing to their almost punk take on the traditional folk sound.
The first night was headlined by Australian/Irish duo Hat Fitz (pictured) and Cara Robinson. The duo's mix of bluegrass and Irish folk elements played on a resonator guitar, drums, flute, whistle and washboard provided an upbeat close to the first day that got the crowd at the Alligande stage dancing.
By the second day of the festival the whole island was ringing to the sound of folk as acts took to smaller stages across Sark. The John Wesley Stone started the day at La Petite Poule café as late breakfasts were being served.
The outdoor area at La Petite Poule was packed for most of the weekend for the live music. Performances also took places at La Moinerie, the Bel-Air and a newly found totally acoustic area on the island's west coast, the Nook by the Brook.
Welsh folk duo Pibau Planed brought their celtic infusion to Sark's avenue on Saturday lunchtime following their set, which opened the festival's new Tintageu stage on Friday afternoon.
The full six-piece line up of the Space Pirates of Rocquaine mixed folk and acoustic rock on the Alligande stage on Saturday afternoon, with song titles like Creux Mahy and The Witch of the Longfrie really brought a south-west Guernsey element to the festival.
The Saturday afternoon saw the Alligande stage packed for many of the performances from the likes of the Space Pirates, The John Wesley Stone and Sark's own Big Sheep who have expanded from a three piece to an eight-piece band since last year's festival!
Musicians of all ages and styles came together at the Sark Folk Festival. Nathan and Janson from Guernsey mixed folk rock numbers and originals with folky takes of more well-known rock songs.