Strings being pulled for another festival

DELORAINE StringFest Tasmania director Nick Weare may have been ``on his last legs'' for yesterday's closing performances, but the festival will go on.

Although he was tired and worn from the event's debut, Mr Weare said the popular three-day celebration of stringed instruments would be held again next year.

``I'm being told I have to,'' he said yesterday.

``It has been fantastic, really amazing.

``It was what I wanted and better than I expected.''

Mr Weare gauged the event's success from positive audience feedback of the festival's many concerts and recorded numbers at its instrument exhibition.

``We had people coming from everywhere,'' he said.

``There were full houses for almost all of our concerts, and our exhibitors said they're happy they came.''

Mr Weare said 450 people were tallied at the festival's exhibition room door, another 600 for its ticketed concerts and about 200 more for its free events. ``It's been fun -  I've enjoyed every minute of it,'' he said.

A Celtic jam session at the  Deloraine Senior Citizens Club was held at 2pm yesterday as the final visitors filtered through the Deloraine Performing Arts Centre exhibition.

A farewell concert at 3pm, featuring performers As the Crow Flies, Vikingo De Jerez, Lyn Thomas, Phillippe Fourstring and Justin Johnson, closed the   programme.

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