An Evening with Kate Rusby and Friends
by Zoe Dexter
The gardens of Lincoln Castle were filled on the 27th June by people eagerly awaiting the well-loved folk act from Barnsley, Kate Rusby, and two lesser known but prestigious folk bands, Faustus and Lau.
Little to my family’s knowledge, seats were not part of the entrance deal, and we spent the evening sat on our emergency waterproofs! Many however, had really got into the spirit of things; we saw many couples surrounded by wicker hampers, quiche and wine. One family in the middle of the grounds had even brought a table, adorned with their meal, table cloth, and lighted candlesticks.
The event, produced by Old Bakery Promotions in conjunction with Chris Moreno Productions, started at 7pm and lasted a few hours. Faustus is a more traditional and accomplished sounding band, and started off the atmospheric evening with their humorous banter and songs, including a song named “Aren’t Crisps Great”, named by one of the band’s daughters.
BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners
Following Faustus came an introduction from Alan Ritson from the Old Bakery, and then Lau, a band hailing from Scotland, who won BBC Radio 2’s Folk Awards for ‘Best Group’ of both 2008 and 2009. They were slightly different to Faustus, bringing a more innovative and experimental feel to the folky atmosphere.
As the evening progressed, all wine consumed and many people buying hot chocolate, Kate Rusby, “sweetheart of English folk music”, took her place on the stage. She did not disappoint her reputation of a gorgeous voice and usual banter, but did surprise fans with a heavy pregnant bump, a baby that she and her partner, fellow folk artist Damien O’Kane who performed with her band on the night, are expecting in September. She played her typical blend of traditional folk songs and her own contemporary twists, accompanied by a band of violinists.
Alan Ritson of the Old Bakery was very pleased with the event, saying it is “almost unheard of for a folk concert in Lincoln to be attended by over one thousand people”. They would consider another event next year, considering funding constraints and which events they could invite.
More to come
He went on to say that there are many more folk acts being supported around Lincolnshire; at Theatre Royal, the Drill Hall and in the newly renovated Knight’s Building. Exclusive performances coming to Lincoln and promoted by the Old Bakery are Rachel Unthank and the Winterset, who will perform at Theatre Royal on the 25th November, and Lincolnshire local Martin Simpson who will collaborate with Andy Cutting for a special partnership at the Drill Hall on the 24th November.
last updated: 08/07/2009 at 14:40
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