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Eddie’s lockdown tune of the day

Today’s Lockdown Track. Today we’re looking for your Joe Strummer at Cambridge stories. He was probably the headline booking which I agonised over the most. I’m a huge Clash fan, but didn’t want that to cloud my judgement, as it was his acoustic album Walker and the world influenced Mescaleros material that made me want him to appear. I was one of few promoters who didn’t want a Clash set. Anyway, his bus rolled in overnight and by chance we met around 4am backstage, where I tried to explain my reasoning and he quizzed me about the festival. I hadn’t been aware, but he’d bunked into the festival years previous, so knew what it was about. He re-named me Head Honcho, changed his own pass to read Director of Chaos and between checking out other bands, spent the next day siting with the crew outside Production Office, misdirecting arrivals and deliveries. This ended up being one of his last very last performances and fortunately the whole set was recorded. Here is White Man in Hammersmith Palais, complete with fiddle solo. The pic is a signed Polaroid showing his home-made pass.

🎧 Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros - White Man in Hammersmith Palais >>> spoti.fi/3bVsZOB
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I was there with my mate Harry Rhodes, I remember feeling choked up with emotion when he played White man, a great set. That year was the my first and best folk festival.

I have a story about Joe and the festival but will save it for a later day

Is the rest of his set available to listen to anywhere?

Zoubir Scratch Berry

📣 Eddie’s lockdown tune of the day

Today’s Lockdown Track. Another Cambridge sweetheart, with a great love for the Festival - Eddi likes to camp when she visits Cherry Hinton. Eddi has charmed us many times since who first appeared with Fairground Attraction in 1989. This track was written by her long-time musical collaborator, the acclaimed Boo Hewerdine, who happens to be a local lad. Eddi should have been on her 40th anniversary tour at the moment; we send our love and hope to welcome her back soon.

🎧 Eddi Reader - Patience of Angels >>> spoti.fi/2XrShhQ
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Wonderful. Always a great experience to hear her performing, and Boo is excellent too 😀

Seems so natural and effortless when Eddi is performing!

She was brilliant as always.

Your comments, memories and pictures of the Folk Festival bring us so much joy! In return, we want to give you a glimpse behind the scenes and turn the spotlight on our incredible staff. So, we’ve picked a handful of them to share with you all over the coming weeks.

Meet Dave Luckham, who is Stage Manager for Stage 2 and Site Fork Lift Driver. Dave has worked at the Festival every year since 1998

Dave gave us so many great stories but we wanted to share two of his memories working with the comperes over on Stage 2.

The year I think was possibly 2015 or 2016, an onstage moment that I lovingly remember. The compere mic was always in an open drawer beside the monitor desk. Keith Day would, when given the cue to enter stage, grab it and walk on, but on this occasion, grabbed it, took 2 paces and found he was holding a very large courgette. We then gave him his mic. 😊

2015 – Peggy Seeger has completed her line checks, I ask her if she wanted to stay on stage for her intro from our compere Jo, to which she says that she’s too old to keep going back and forth. As Jo steps forward to speak, Peggy then introduces Jo to the audience. Absolute charm.
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Your comments, memories and pictures of the Folk Festival bring us so much joy! In return, we want to give you a glimpse behind the scenes and turn the spotlight on our incredible staff. So, we’ve picked a handful of them to share with you all over the coming weeks. 

Meet Dave Luckham, who is Stage Manager for Stage 2 and Site Fork Lift Driver. Dave has worked at the Festival every year since 1998

Dave gave us so many great stories but we wanted to share two of his memories working with the comperes over on Stage 2.

The year I think was possibly 2015 or 2016, an onstage moment that I lovingly remember. The compere mic was always in an open drawer beside the monitor desk. Keith Day would, when given the cue to enter stage, grab it and walk on, but on this occasion, grabbed it, took 2 paces and found he was holding a very large courgette. We then gave him his mic. 😊

2015 – Peggy Seeger has completed her line checks, I ask her if she wanted to stay on stage for her intro from our compere Jo, to which she says that she’s too old to keep going back and forth. As Jo steps forward to speak, Peggy then introduces Jo to the audience. Absolute charm.

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This is a great idea for a series of posts! Thank you😊 And thank you Dave. Many of the best performances I’ve ever seen at CFF were on Stage 2. Like Nic Jones, The Cat Empire, Mindy Smith, Lewis and Leigh, Katie Doherty & The Navigators, Rhiannon Giddens, The Unthanks, The Lone Bellow. In some cases these artists had also played on the Main Stage but in my view their Stage 2 performances were better. And I’ve always thought that the sound in Stage 2 is amazing. On occasion the sound in the Main Stage has been frustratingly disappointing. I’m sure there are good reasons for that but well done Stage 2👏👏👏

Last year we arrived on thurs evening and found we couldn't see through the usual wire fence beside the disabled seating area to the stage because there was an additional green closer meshed fence. I popped round to as a steward if there was a reason it was there and if not could it be removed... after a bit of a chat 'Dave' (was that you) came over to ask what the problem was. He said he'd look into it. Couple of songs later the green stuff was removed. I was most impressed and several of us were very happy 🙂

Thursday has long outgrown itself. The fight to get near Stage 2 is not worth it.

I quite like a courgette at times, but this was not one of them.

David Luckham

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📣 Eddie’s lockdown tune of the day

Today’s Lockdown Track. Who was at the 50th anniversary in 2014 and what was your highlight? That was the year Sinead O’Connor appeared at the festival. It was a stunning and powerful performance, largely due to her brilliant and totally distinctive voice. Here’s Nothing Compares to 2 U, one of the songs she performed that night.

🎧 Sinead O’Connor - Nothing Compares to 2 U >>> spoti.fi/3cPT1E2
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Yes, I wasn't expecting much from Sinead O'Connor and she blew me away. Was very much looking forward to seeing Van Morrison, and was highly disappointed for the first half of the set.

I have seen Sinead on numerous occasions but that set and performance was Top class and to see her overwhelmed by the support from the crowd was great to see. An all round fabulous weekend

I have to say at the time I thought it could’ve been a real car crash and when she came onstage she seemed extremely nervous and on edge. However, with the warmth of the CFF audience she went on to give a very raw, moving and exceptional performance I thought. I’ve noticed over the years that when it means a lot to the artist, it usually transfers to the audience.

Seeing Sinead O’Connor was the highlight of a great festival for me.

One of the reasons I came: she was delightful. And the Oysterband pulled out one of their think you’ve seen to much of us and you’re wrong performances. AfroCelts disappointed, being more a circus, but Peatbogs twice were ace.

Fisherman’s Friends were, as always, brilliant. But it was also a very poignant performance 😢

Singing on stage with Ladysmith Black Mambaso. Thanks Bella Hardy. But also lived Loudon Wainright and Richard Thompson

I also wasn’t sure what we’d get from Sinead in 2014 but her set was stunning.

She was brilliant.....definitely year

Was a great year

I was there too. Brilliant

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Mike Tabrett from Grey Heron Internal Arts; Cambridge T'ai Chi who you may know from the Folk Festival is currently offering online classes from just £4!

More details below 👇👇👇ONLINE T'AI CHI CLASSES WITH MIKE TABRETT & FARADENA AFIFI
WEEK BEGINNING MAY 18TH

Once again a big thanks to everybody who has supported these sessions - here is this weeks schedule
All classes are broadcast on Zoom - it's free to set up an account that will enable you to participate.
CLASSES WITH MIKE TABRETT
Monday 18th May 12.30-1.30;. T'ai Chi & Chi Kung Exercises (all standing) £4
Tuesday 19th May 12.30-1.30; Integrated (Seated) T'ai Chi £4
Weds 20th May 12.30-1.30; T'ai Chi & Chi Kung Exercises (all standing) £4
Thursday 21st May 12.30-1.30; Integrated (Seated) T'ai Chi £4
To Book please e mail Mike at ghiacambridge@gmail.com saying which class(es) you would like join and we can arrange payment - you can pay via Paypal, BACS or by cheque.

CLASSES WITH FARADENA AFIFI
Monday 21st May
11am-12pm T'ai Chi Health, Bookings
5-6.30pm T'ai Chi Health and 24 step Bookings
Thursday 14th May
10-11 am Keep Active Ely (but all welcome) T'ai Chi Health Bookings
12-1First Hour T'ai Chi Health, Chen style
1-1.30pm Chen Style
1.30-2pm Broadsword
(Above 3 attend all classes or just first hour.) Bookings
Friday 22nd May 9-10
Keep Active 24 step practise class. Bookings
Suggested Price £4 hour classes £5/6 Longer classes. Contact me for payment details. Contact faradena@yahoo.co.uk for payment details

PRIVATE AND DEDICATED SESSIONS
Maybe we can take advantage of the enforced quieter time to develop aspects of our practise - or to brush up on those annoying details. I am happy to offer private sessions to you - or indeed if you are part of a group with particular interests - using Zoom or Skype. Please contact me if you are interested.
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Mike Tabrett from Grey Heron Internal Arts; Cambridge Tai Chi who you may know from the Folk Festival is currently offering online classes from just £4!

More details below 👇👇👇

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I know Mike! He is so lovely. 👍🏻

Well done Mike hope you are keeping well

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  1. Wendy Ellzey says:

    yes, but i’m in texas

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