‘Bumper year’ for Cambridge Folk Fest

Shelley Marsden

The 49th Cambridge Folk Festival ended on a high on Sunday night in what organisers Cambridge City Council have hailed a ‘bumper year’.

The Festival was a sell out (14,000 total attendees) and included performances from The Mavericks, KT Tunstall, Levellers, The Waterboys, Amadou and Mariam, Steeleye Span, Martin Simpson and Capercaillie plus a range of folk, americana, blues and world music across the Festival’s four stages.

Highlights include Bellowhead joining Levellers on stage for the latter’s song The Recruiting Sgt; KT Tunstall playing The White Stripe’s Seven Nation Army on a kazoo and a stirring version of Don Henley’s Boys of Summer. Another unforgettable performance was that of the eccentric Bombay Royale, who arrived on stage accompanied by a large inflatable elephant.

As well as the eclectic musical offerings, Festival-goers also enjoyed a range of workshops, including a guitar workshop from virtuoso instrumentalist Tommy Emmanuel, reed garland making, how to play Northumbrian pipes, storytelling and children’s instrument making.

Media partners BBC Radio 2 broadcast two live shows from the Festival with presenters Dermot O’ Leary and Mark Radcliffe. Commenting on the Festival, Dermot described the “unique and friendly vibe” of the event, saying that he looks forward to returning in future years. Both shows are available to listen to via the BBC’s iPlayer.

The 50th Anniversary Cambridge Folk Festival runs from 31 July to 3 August 2014. Tickets go on sale on Monday 2 December.

See www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk.

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