IF you’d like to know how it feels to make 15,000 people happy for a weekend, just ask Port Fairy Folk Festival director Jamie McKew.
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An enthused Mr McKew yesterday told The Standard he was over the moon after another successful festival.

“I couldn’t be more happy with the way it went,” Mr McKew said.

“There’s been a number of people coming up and saying they had the best time ever, that it couldn’t be better.

“We’ve made 15,000 happy this weekend, so you’ve got to feel good about that.”

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From start to finish, the festival was a memorable experience for all involved, whether they were performers, volunteers or music fans, he said. “There was so much energy from so many people trying to create something and to pull it off was something people will enjoy forever — that’s an achievement.

“There were so many great shows.

“John Butler completely nailed it with his solo show.

“The next step is to take it up to another level.”

Folkie ambassador and radio presenter Derek Guille said the festival improved every year and 2012 was no exception.

“It was fabulous,” he said.

Guille said Judy Collins’ performances were a standout for the festival, as she showed why she has been one of folk music’s key personalities over the year.

“This is a significant festival not just nationally but internationally as well.

“I know musicians all round the world look forward to being invited.”

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