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Cambridge Folk Festival news: Friends we are thrilled to introduce you all to our 2019 Apply To Play winner Ma…

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Cambridge Folk Festival news: Friends we are thrilled to introduce you all to our 2019 Apply To Play winner Ma…

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Friends we are thrilled to introduce you all to our 2019 Apply To Play winner Masta T!

Masta T was picked from over 500 applicants, and we couldn't be more excited to have him performing over on the Den stage this August.

A massive thank you to everyone who submitted music, we were blown away by the high standard of all the applicants.



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📣 Eddie’s lockdown tune of the day

Today’s Lockdown Track. If there is one song that reminds me most of Ken Woollard, it has to be From Clare to Here. Ralph played it at tribute concert to him at the Albert Hall and at the first Cambridge after he died, and it always draws a tear to my eye. Ralph, Ken and Joan (Ken’s wife), were very close. He first appeared at the Festival in ‘69, around the time of Streets of London and returned frequently. A young Ralph once complained to Ken that his success had made him busy and he was tired. An ex-fireman and motorcycle dispatch rider in the war, Ken’s unsympathetic reply was “My poor heart bleeds for you!”

🎧 Ralph McTell - From Clare to Here >>> spoti.fi/2BmvJYN
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Great story thanks! Really enjoyed Ralph’s performance last year. And at CFF2004. His last minute backstage performance last year was fabulous on the Thursday night before the Festival officially started...

I've loved him every time at CFF. No audience sings like Cambridge. Remember a couple of years ago Joan Baez chucked her set list so she could do just join-in songs?

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Kate’s voice just transports me to to folk festival. Close my eyes and I could be there.....

Helen Louise - thought you’d enjoy x

📣 Eddie’s lockdown tune of the day

Today’s Lockdown Track. It’s genuinely hard picking a favourite Nanci Griffith song, but here’s a mine - possibly. Nanci played the festival many times, the first in ‘89 and when she got to I Wish it Would Rain, the heavens opened.

🎧 Nanci Griffith - Once in a Very Blue Moon >>> spoti.fi/3ciZVR0
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I remember the first year. She did the same set twice until someone shouted for her to change it around, for god's sake. I think there was one song of a difference.

Great album x

Nanci was my Number One at CFF2007😁

It gives us great pleasure to share our second staff highlights post. Meet Keith Day! Keith has been a compere at the festival since 1975!

Keith gave us so many wonderful stories, but we chose this little gem. The compere became the performer!

At the 25th CFF, there was to be a huge on stage jam session to close the festival featuring many of the artists. Isaac Guillory was the musical director. At 4 o’clock on the day I was called up and told I was to play bass for the session, with no time to rehearse. Thus I shared the stage with the likes of Martin Carthy, Roy Harper, Ralph McTell - the great and the good of Folk Music. It transpired that Martin was due to lead us in “Will the Circle be Unbroken”, and he could not remember verse 3 so I sang it. Sadly the crew did not pick it up, so the mike went live on the 3rd line.
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It gives us great pleasure to share our second staff highlights post. Meet Keith Day! Keith has been a compere at the festival since 1975!

Keith gave us so many wonderful stories, but we chose this little gem. The compere became the performer! 
 
At the 25th CFF, there was to be a huge on stage jam session to close the festival featuring many of the artists.  Isaac Guillory was the musical director.  At 4 o’clock on the day I was called up and told I was to play bass for the session, with no time to rehearse.  Thus I shared the stage with the likes of Martin Carthy, Roy Harper, Ralph McTell - the great and the good of Folk Music. It transpired that Martin was due to lead us in “Will the Circle be Unbroken”, and he could not remember verse 3 so I sang it.  Sadly the crew did not pick it up, so the mike went live on the 3rd line.

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2 more photos from that night - hanging on my music room wall framed, hence the reflections. The set list was taped to the bass - there were 2 copies. Isaac had one large on the floor, and I had one on the bass.

Here is the event itself. Can you identify the 4 people in the background?

Sylv, Ken and Shirley backstage.

From the same year, Ralph Ken and Joan.

These pictures are wonderful thank you😊

If I remember rightly, Sylv was also on stage for the jam!

I was there.

Hi Keith! Doesn't beat the time you played the Club Tent with The HayDays though, does it! 😁

Ron Heron check out the T-shirt

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📣 Eddie’s lockdown tune of the day

Today’s Lockdown Track. Anyone remember the compere’s warning, between Joan Baez and Marytn Bennet? “Those of a weak disposition might want to move to the back”. Here’s the brilliant piper and composer, channelling his inner Prodigy. Those representing him took a lot of convincing that this would work at Cambridge, but in the end, it was a triumph. Nae regrets. A beautiful and hugely talented man, he was lost too early.

🎧 Martyn Bennet - Chanter >>> spoti.fi/3gzbirt
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'Techno piper with a heavy 4:4 beat and strobe lighting....' I'd never seen anyone like that at CFF. Took the roof off the tent on the main stage. A sadly lost talent. I still play his 'Hardland' album often x

This was sadly before my time at Cambridge. However, I only discovered Bennett recently, and it was still all thanks to Cambridge. I was blown away by Niteworks at 2017’s festival, and when looking up their music my streaming service said ‘you might also like...’ Bennett and boom! Grit in particular has parachuted into my top 10 albums of all time, and I still listen to him regularly now. Can only imagine what he would have been like live. Such a tragic loss

Great night ! Very true lost too early

I remember his performance well,wasn't it last set of the festival ?

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