The evening started with a short set from experimental new age folk quintet MkIV, followed on stage by Scottish neo-folkies the Elehpant Sessions.
Unfortunately, the sound at Gateshead Old Town Hall let the band down.
In my view, the band were too loud, with the rhythm section, drum and bass, drowning out the rest.
Manx trio Barrule’s sound was better, as there were only three in the band.
Instrument separation was clearer, making it possible to enjoy their set more. Adam Rhodes’ guitar was made by renowned local luthier Nigel Forster.
The headline act was Tyneside-based Monster Ceilidh Band, who were also launching their latest album, Charge.
They have been described as drum and bass meets instrumental folk but, fortunately for my taste, the instrumental folk dominated this performance.
Lively and upbeat, they went down well with the home crowd.
In all, an evening of interesting entertaining bands and fine musicians marred by poor sound.