High octane gigs at Cambridge Folk Festival

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Music lovers from around the region and many countries enjoyed high octane performances from some of the world’s top folk bands. at Cambridge Folk Festival

It was folk in its widest sense at the sellout festival, which included Muddy Waters’ son, Mud Morganfield, whose upbeat Chicago blues sent a massive queue to the Mojo CD signing tent.

The 49th festival ended in rousing style when stomp band, the Chair from Orkney, brought the roof down as, both the band and the audience, leapt up and down to the fast reel and gigs. “We have to play them fast, as we don’t have much time.” said accordionist Bob Gibbon.

They followed the rocking intensity of The Waterboys’, twirling like whirling dervishes, and Karen Matheson’s Gaelic vocals with Capercaille, featuring a bagpipes spot.

More party tunes were belted out by crowdpleasers Bellowhead who followed The Levellers on the Friday night, who they briefly joined on stage.

KT Tunstall charmed as ever with her old favourites and got the loop going for a kazoo backing to The White Stripe’s Seven Nation Army.

Gino Lupari performed his third gig with new band, Rambling Boys of Pleasure, with fast sets interspersed with slow one (we are depressed half the time, so have to slow it down sometimes).

There were more mellow times to be had with the likes of Martin Simpson, Bella Hardy, the Staves and virtuoso instrumentalist, Tommy Emmanuel.

Another joy was going on in the club tent where emerging artists were spotted in the intimate atmosphere - there will stories to tell in later years, I am sure.

Other hot rising talent was in the Den and there were workshops in the Hub.

A great festival for families and seasoned folkies in the broadest sense.

Catherine Turnbull

Picture of KT Tunstall by Daniel Ackerley