Playing the Club Tent, Cambridge Folk Festival, 31st July 2015
It is always wonderful to be invited to play a part in the institution that is the Cambridge Folk Festival and we were honoured to be asked by our good friends at Cambridge Folk Club to provide a brief set on the Club Tent stage.
We set off in the early evening to ensure we had chance to have a good look around before performing quite late on the Club Tent stage. With all the paperwork supplied by the Cambridge Folk Club in hand, we headed for artists parking and had the honour of catching a black windowed bus to the festival site and having a brief chat with folk legend, Chris While.
Having dropped our kit off at the Club Tent with the Cambridge Folk Club, we had a stroll - if such a thing is possible in an area so jam packed with folk enthusiasts - around the festival site. The evening was fine and everybody seemed nicely ‘chilled’. Frank Turner was on the main stage and Blackbeard’s Tea Party whipping everyone up in a ceilidh in Stage 2; all very nice and lively.
We stopped off for a cuppa at one of the local vans and had the pleasure of catching up with the hugely talented Hannah Sanders. We had shared a stage with Hannah at the St Neots Folk Festival two years earlier and have admired her music ever since. It is great to know she is doing so well.
We then drifted back to the Club Tent to hear the Sam Kelly Trio and they were absolutely terrific; great voice, great musicianship – the club tent was crammed and jumping.
Given our next tour of the site coincided with one act finishing on Stage 2 and The Proclaimers being in the middle of their sound check, we didn’t catch any more of the big acts and, in the end, headed back to tune up for our brief stint on the Club Tent stage.
I’m pleased to report that we played well and had some nice feedback from our friends at the Cambridge Folk Club, from audience members and from some new friends in the very talented Ipswich-based band, Kiss the Mistress – watch out for them!
Having packed up and said our goodbyes to our hosts and friends, we walked back through the still crowded festival site, eventually leaving it to the strains of The Proclaimers’ last number – you guessed it “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)”
Many thanks to all our friends at Cambridge Folk Club for the invitation to play at the festival and for their kind words, and we sincerely hope to see them all again in the not too distant future.