Cambridge Folk Festival 2004


The Cambridge Folk Festival (sponsored by BBC Radio 2) may sound like the kind of place where old men with beards and pipes stand around in Aran sweaters drinking real ale and singing All Around My Hat, but these days it's more of a world music festival. "Roots" music from any nation is welcomed and the acts were diverse. Admittedly there's a fair smattering of folky types there but the headline acts of Divine Comedy and Jimmy Cliff betray the general shift in the festival's outlook. Imagine taking Glastonbury Festival's "World Stage", half its shops and food outlets, and only half the people and MUCH nicer toilets... and you start to get the picture!

We had a great time in the sunshine. To our surprise our favourite performance was from Jimmy Cliff. We were dancing the night away and were playing his greatest hits all day when we got home. Other highlights were Kepa Junkera (whose infectious accordian playing also got everyone dancing), the wild Horace X and rising star Polly Paulusma.

Very late on Saturday evening (after a few beverages) Hayley bought herself a percussion instrument. We went to an impromptu jam session and barbecue where she then made her musical debut providing backing rhythm to the performers.

As well as enjoying the music we also went into Cambridge to have lunch at the historically significant Eagle pub and to watch people punting on the river. (To our great disappointment no-one fell in.)

There are a few more pictures here.


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