most celebrated event of its kind."
The Daily Telegraph, 2002
excited about the 39th Cambridge Folk Festival. Why? Well, we've
been before and had a pretty good time. And by the looks of the
lineup, this year is set to be a cracker too!
a bit of Julian
acoustic set from Steve Earle promises pulsating passion,
the mixed set from Julian Cope will encourage tears, the
full band show from the Eliza Carthy Band will move you sideways
and the ruddy sounds of Ron Sexsmith will blow your mind.
And that's just for starters!
Frame on the opening night. Photo by Tony Eva
you're a virgin festival-goer, then gird your loins. It's
a world acclaimed festival that sells out quicker than mustard...with
good reason. It offers the very best from the folk and world music
scene and has an enviable lineup that reads like a who's-who.
So, if it's your first time, enjoy. Take a rug to chill on, take
a mate and that's pretty much all you need. Everything else is on
tap. A barrel load of beer, a feast of food, a gaggle of craft stalls,
a crèche for the kids and even an internet cafe for the die-hard.
Carthy is 'magnificent' according to The Guardian - find our
facilities are excellent. Admittedly my friends confess to using
old crisp packets as toilet paper some 15 years ago...but now we're
talking soft 'n strong and very long (well, there may be the odd
bit of tracing paper stuff left...it's fine, just remember to WASH
But seriously, the management team have got it spot on. Meticulous
attention has been paid to make all the areas accessible for wheelchair
and pram users. A shed-load of bark chipping is shipped in for those
'rain-makes-mud' moments. The signage is clear and the staff are
friendly. They've got this festival thing licked!
Bob Hewerdine of The Bob Hewerdine Trio on the first night
of the Festival. Photo by Tony Eva
a great atmosphere, the crowd are well-friendly (perhaps
just avoid walking along Snakey Path at the back on your way home!),
there's the Jesus tent for those who want to be saved and the Satanist
tent for those who don't! There's the duck pond for those
who need a wander, there's a huge supermarket just up the road for
those who need a smack of outside realism/retail therapy, there's
the kid's tent for those who need to get rid of/ get creative
with the little suckers (delete as applicable), there's a first
aid tent for those who find it all a bit too much and there's swings
and roundabouts for those who need a 'being-a-kid' throwback!
Oh, yes...and there's the music...
In Them Hills (remix), is a gem."
Mojo on the track from the album 'Cobblestone
Runway', by Ron Sexsmith
Esslemont of Uiscedwr. Photo by Tony Eva
who else is in the line up...ok, take a big breath...The Saw Doctors,
Afro Celts, Roseanne Cash, Orchestra Baobab, Linda Thompson, La
Bottine Souriante, Dervish, Roddy Frame, John McCusker, Phil Cunningham,
Berrogüetto, Shooglenifty, John
Hammond, Danú, Yonder Mountain String Band, Martin Simpson, Flook,
Randolph & The Family Band, Brian McNeill, Laura Cantrell, The Waifs,
the Boo Hewerdine Trio with Graham Henderson and Neil MacColl, Nancy
Kerr and James Fagan, Gráda, Bob Fox & The Hush, John Spiers & Jon
Boden, Oi-Va-Voi, The Angel Brothers & Satnam Singh, Back Of The
Moon, Gillian Frame, Elephant Talk, The Pack, 422 and Ola, Uiscedwr,
Whapweasel, and Sandra Kerr and The Music From Bagpuss...breathe