Moseley Folk Festival 2009
Photos: Moseley Folk Festival 2009
by Louise Brierley
BBC WM's Janice Long broadcast live from Moseley Park on Saturday 5th September during the annual music festival that drew 2,500 folk fans. Browse our photo gallery.
Jethro Tull, Beth Orton and Saint Etienne headlined the three day festival that ran from Friday 4th - Sunday 6th September.
BBC WM's Janice Long on stage
This was the fourth annual Moseley Folk Festival, an event that has garnered an international reputation for bringing the best traditional, contemporary and psychedelic folk artists to Birmingham.
Listen to highlights of BBC WM at the Moseley Folk Festival by tuning in to 95.6FM on Thursday 10th September 2009 from 8 - 10pm.
This will be followed by BBC WM Introducing's live broadcast from the Robin 2 in Bilston from 10pm - midnight.
Moseley Folk Festival highlights:
Not a band you'd usually associate with a folk festival, but the well known 90s English indie dance act - who're named after a French football team - headlined the opening day.
Indie dance act Saint Etienne
They played classics from their debut album Foxbase Alpha, including the Neil Young cover, 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart' and 'Nothing Can Stop Us'.
One of the great aspects of the Moseley Folk Festival is its commitment to showing off new talent, in between the big acts. Birmingham's Gemma Quarterman was one of such act, playing on the Friday.
The 26 year old folk singer from Moseley has only been singing for three years. But she's already supported the likes of Scott Matthews and Nizlopi and performed live in session on BBC WM's Introducing show.
Former Sneaker Pimps vocalist Kelli Ali
Best known as the vocalist for British Trip-hop band, Sneaker Pimps who had hits in the 90s with 'Spin Spin Sugar' and '6 Underground'.
But the singer from Moseley was asked to leave the group in 1998 and has since gone solo, releasing three albums which reflect a mixture of genres, covering everything from house to folk. She played live on the Saturday.
The big headliner on the Saturday night, the Brit award winning singer songwriter from England needs no introducing. Known for her 'folktronica' sound in her early career she has moved away from electronica to stripped-down, traditional folk in recent years.
Folk singer Beth Orton
As well as winning a Brit Award for Best Female, her music has also featured on popular American television programmes such as Dawson's Creek and Grey's Anatomy. She was one of Janice Long's must-see performers at this year's festival.
Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds
You'll know Edmondson best for his roles as Vyvyan on The Young Ones and Eddie on Bottom. But his band - who play punk music on folk instruments – is apparently a serious venture.
Edmondson's inspiration for the project came from his attempt at The Clash's London Calling on the mandolin and the band's repertoire now includes The Sex Pistol's and The Jam. They played live on the Sunday.
Adrian Edmonson and The Bad Shepherds
Janice Long's must-see performer, she describes her as "captivating". Cara Dillon is undoubtedly one of the biggest folk singers to come out of Ireland.
She launched her career as a solo artist in 2001 after collaborating with her husband Sam Lakeman (the brother of last year’s headliner Seth Lakeman) for years. She has won numerous folk awards including the Meteor Music Awards for Best Irish Female. Cara was one of the main acts and played on the Sunday.
The folk-rock heavyweights headlined on the Sunday. Formed in 1968 they have sold more than 60 million albums worldwide. Their music is characterised by the songs, vocals and flute work of Ian Anderson, who has led the band since its founding.
Folk rock band Jethro Tull
The organiser of Moseley Folk Festival, Carl Gervais, said: "When we started the festival four years ago, we'd never have dreamed of putting an artist like this on."
Apart from the music, there were workshops where people were encouraged to bring their own instruments and join in wherever possible.
For children, story-telling pirates, face painting and fair ground rides littered the park.
And the most important thing for some of us, all the food and beer is local. Over the three days, 10,000 pints of real ale were drunk!
last updated: 09/09/2009 at 10:07
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