Carnival surprise chases clouds
A SURPRISE stage appearance during Mama Kin's set, along with her soulful voice and successful bid to ward off the wet, made for a standout show at the Bellingen Global Carnival.
When Danielle Caruana, aka Mama Kin, took to the stage on Saturday afternoon, people were huddled under umbrellas and shielded by ponchos, but between songs she encouraged the audience to join in and "sing for the sun".
And as if listening to their plea, the sun soon emerged.
If that wasn't enough to lift soggy spirits, Mama Kin announced that she would like to bring "someone special" on stage.
John Butler fans familiar with his lyrics "Daniella be my Cinderella", or those aware of either performer's background, may have already made the connection, but whether you guessed it or not, Butler's appearance was a welcome surprise.
Local couple Joel Grimson and Stacey Horn were among the crowd and said they had heard rumours he would be there to support his wife but still, it came as a pleasant surprise.
Mr Grimson said the crowd was wowed by Butler's guest appearance and clearly enjoyed it when the pair performed alongside each other.
"They played a sweet ballad together and then he backed her up for another song before going offstage," Mr Grimson said.
"After the two songs, he could be seen backstage enjoying the rest of Mama Kin's set."
Ms Horn said the song they played together was beautiful and added to what was already an engaging performance.
"It was a humorous and fun show, with a great dynamic between Mama Kin and the other musicians (her brother Michael and George Servanis) and she really got the spirit of the crowd together when she called on everyone to sing for the sun."
Sporadic showers were followed by bursts of sunshine throughout the rest of Saturday, with an electrical storm later in the night causing power to be cut for short periods during a number of sets.
But there was no raining on their parade and artists continued to play in the dark, creating an intimate experience for the crowd.