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Cambridge Folk Festival news: Wonderful music from Black Fen Folk Club…loads of events in The Guildhall unti…

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Wonderful music from Black Fen Folk Club…loads of events in The Guildhall until 5:30pm today



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Yes I have to agree with Gavin, I’ve seen Van seven times from the 80s to recently and the best time I’ve ever seen him was at CFF! For Van he seemed very happy, even joking, and his band were on fire😁

2014! Came while pregnant with my now 5 year old. Van Morrison was dreadful! 😂 did a jazz set and murdered Brown Eyed Girl! The Young’uns were amazing though!

50th anniversary , we were lucky enough to sing with Bella Hardy and her festival choir. Amazing experience singing with ladysmith black mambazo, just before van Morrison . Marilyn Bennett

Sinead O’Connor was so much better than I was expecting, absolutely superb. Van Morrison was excellent too, heard lots of people complaining about how he walked off at the end of his set and left the band playing, that’s just what he does and certainly didn’t take anything away from an excellent set. Skinny Lister were a highlight and so were Hudson Taylor. And Keston Cobblers Club, Loudon Wainwright...... was a great year, and I’ll be honest when the line up was announced I wasn’t too impressed!!!

That was my first year and some amazing acts. Hope we get some big names next year.

2014 . vans music was great but he was awful...miserable telling his band off walking off at the end without a goodbye or thank you. it was good but weird. eddie reader was amazing and the young’uns

I think 2014 - Sinead O’Connor and Van Morrison - rest is a blank without googling. Really enjoyed that year, was just after my wife and I were married ☺️

Lady Maisery and CC Smugglers in the Club Tent were both amazing. Also Siobhan Miller and the Hub band that year and Eddi Reader. Probably my favourite year

By far, the best I've ever seen Van. He almost smiled when we took up the Sha La Las. His band were all grinning.

One of my best acts at Cambridge Jason Isabell..... brilliant

Great year because I discovered Jason Isbell who is brilliant!

My CFF2014 Top Ten 1. Jason Isbell 2. North Mississippi Allstars 3. Sinead O’Connor 4. RT 5. Newton Faulkner 6. Van Morrison 7. Lindi Ortega 8. Rosanne Cash 9. Loudon Wainwright III 10. Pokey Lafarge

The year we discovered Molotov Jukebox

2014 - Van Morrison, Sinéad O'Connor, Rosanne Cash, Julie Fowlis.

I think it's 2014 the 50th Anniversary! Van Morrison Sinead O' Connor. Rosanne Cash Martin and Eliza Carthy.

Cracking lineup this year!

Loudon Wsinwright and Van Morrison

Ian Sorrell we were there!

Caitlin Jane

Kevin Karsten Shirlene Griffiths

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📣 Eddie’s lockdown tune of the day


Today’s Lockdown Track. One of the best things about the Cambridge audience has always been their willingness to embrace and listen to new styles of music. So it was in 2005 when an unknown band called Tinariwen, who’d released their debut album the previous Oct, stepped out onto the stage in their turbans and flowing purple robes, and introduced us to desert blues. To quote Robin Denslow from his Guardian review. “There was a moment on Sunday evening when it seemed this was the best spot on the planet. Tinariwen, from Mali, were playing their slinky desert blues on one stage, Kate Rusby was singing on another, and Ireland's greatest singer, Christy Moore, was about to come on.

🎧 Tinariwen - Ouallahila Ar Tesninam >>> spoti.fi/2XztAA8
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Their set was mesmerising, it kind of put me in a trance! In a good way of course. I love to see African bands on at CFF. Mokoomba were pretty special too😁

📣 Eddie’s lockdown tune of the day

Today’s Lockdown Track. Time for some tunes from the mighty Altan. Recorded live at the festival at the height of their powers, here’s John Doherty’s Reels. Led by the amazing singer and fiddler Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Altan were the came to prominence in the 90s when they revitalised Irish traditional music and were always a hit a Cambridge.

🎧 John Doherty’s Reels - Altan >>> spoti.fi/2yAb6aq
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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 remember him losing his patience with his guitar and throwing it at his guitar tech from halfway across the stage .... nearly took his head off!

I can place my move from camping at CC to CH the year after Joe. I was still at CC that year and we left early to beat the bus saying "we can see Strummer anytime". Been at CH ever since.

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

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📣 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.

Andrew Dadswell ✨

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