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VA - Cambridge Folk Festival Celebrating 50 Years (2014)

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VA - Cambridge Folk Festival Celebrating 50 Years (2014)
Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Cambridge Folk Festival Celebrating 50 Years
Year Of Release: 2014
Genre: Folk/Blues/Rock
Label: Smooth Operations
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 3:35:27
Total Size: 493 MB

1. Richard Thompson - 1952 Vincent Black Lightning (Live) (5:12)
2. KT Tunstall - Black Horse And The Cherry Tree (Live) (5:24)
3. Seth Lakeman - Kitty Jay (Live) (4:30)
4. Caitlin Rose - Sinful Wishing Well (Live) (3:26)
5. Frank Turner - Wessex Boy (Live) (5:20)
6. Heritage Blues Orchestra - Clarksdale Moan (Live) (3:57)
7. Cerys Matthews - Oxygen (Live) (4:31)
8. John Butler Trio - Funky Tonight (Live) (6:06)
9. Loudon Wainwright III - Motel Blues (Live) (2:47)
10. Femi Kuti - Make We Remember (Live) (5:39)
11. Billy Bragg - I Ain't Got No Home (Live) (3:40)
12. Joan Baez - Diamonds And Rust (Live) (4:22)
13. Lau - Horizontigo (Live) (8:14)
14. The Proclaimers - Life With You (Live) (3:30)
15. Heidi Talbot - The Shepherd Lad (Live) (3:22)
16. Tommy Emmanuel - The Tall Fiddler (Live) (2:25)
17. Taj Mahal - Think (Live) (2:44)
18. Beth Orton - Sweetest Decline (Live) (6:21)
19. Ron Sexsmith - This Song (Live) (3:54)
20. Fairport Convention - My Love Is In America (Live) (4:52)
21. Martha Wainwright - Factory (Live) (4:09)
22. Levellers - One Way (Live) (4:07)
23. Eric Bibb - Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down (Live) (6:32)
24. Rosanne Cash - 707 (Live) (4:30)
25. Nick Lowe - (What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love And Understanding (Live) (4:01)
26. Chris Wood - Cold, Haily, Windy Night (Live) (3:50)
27. Emily Smith - Sweet Lover Of Mine (Live) (3:48)
28. The Mud Morganfield Band - Can't Get No Grindin' (What's The Matter With The Meal) (Live) (5:21)
29. Cara Dillon - Hill Of Thieves (Live) (4:21)
30. Eddi Reader - Charlie Is My Darling (Live) (3:25)
31. Oysterband - Someone, Somewhere (Live) (5:03)
32. Nanci Griffith - Listen To The Radio (Live) (4:20)
33. Spiers & Boden - Prickle Eye Bush (Live) (4:19)
34. Beth Nielsen Chapman - Every December Sky (Live) (3:39)
35. The Imagined Village - Scarborough Fair (Live) (5:37)
36. Capercaillie - Seice Ruairidh (Live) (3:02)
37. Roy Bailey - History Lesson (Live) (4:31)
38. Ruthie Foster - Richland Woman Blues (Live) (4:53)
39. John Tams - Vulcan & Lucifer Steelos (Live) (3:46)
40. Thea Gilmore - Inverigo (Live) (4:12)
41. Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party - Pretty Nancy Of Yarmouth (Live) (2:59)
42. The Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain - Shaft (Live) (3:53)
43. The Fisherman’s Friends - Drunken Sailor (Live) (3:34)
44. Dervish - Gypsies, Tramps And Thieves (Live) (3:13)
45. The Unthanks - King Of Rome (Live) (7:30)
46. Karine Polwart - Salter's Road (Live) (4:04)
47. Martin Simpson - Delta Dreams (Live) (3:56)
48. Swap - Only Viveka (Live) (2:59)
49. Breabach - Good Drying (Live) (2:59)
50. The Chieftains - Cotton Eyed Joe (Live) (2:15)

Fifty years ago, Cambridge city council stumped up the funds for the first folk festival in the atmospheric grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall. A couple of hundred people gathered around one precarious stage to see a motley selection of singers, including Paul Simon, who earned £15 for his troubles.

Around the same time, Van Morrison’s band Them charted with the R&B track Gloria - two unrelated events poles apart in context and ideology. Yet here we are, half a century later, at the same festival - and the same venue, with the same council backing - and who’s this driving the Sunday night party into a frenzy? Only the old Grumpster himself, climaxing an astonishingly invigorating, jazz-fuelled set - including Moondance, Baby Please Don’t Go, Days Like This, Brown-Eyed Girl, Whenever God Shines His Light on Me et al - with a ferocious Gloria. So elongated was the band’s relentless outro, you imagined there would be a PA announcement declaring that “Van Morrison has left the building” before they finished.

The whole festival had an unmistakably retro feel, drawing heavily on the spirit of its own history. Two returning heroes, Richard Thompson and Loudon Wainwright, showed that one man, a guitar and a savage set of lyrics can still tear the place apart. Thompson’s daughter, Kami, and her husband James Walbourne’s band, The Rails, followed their outstanding debut album Fair Warning with a confident live set.

Martin Carthy, who had appeared at the second Cambridge festival with Dave Swarbrick, was back playing boldly with daughter Eliza. And the notion of succession and dynasty was further underlined by the unashamedly populist Irish choruses of The High Kings, featuring Finbarr Clancy, son of Bobby Clancy, who had appeared with his brothers at the first Cambridge festival.

There was lineage, too, in Ladysmith Black Mambazo, with four sons and one grandson of the group’s founder, Joseph Shabalala; a quarter of a century on from THAT Graceland album with Paul Simon, they sound refreshed and regenerated, their beautiful harmonies and synchronised dances enveloping you like a big, warm comfort blanket.

The disappointing North Mississippi Allstars grabbed drums and ploughed into the audience, their reverse stage invasion entertainingly terrorised the elder denizens engrossed in their Kindles, but did little for their set. Sinéad O’Connor’s passion, however, was very real and utterly glorious, while former Drive-By Truckers singer Jason Isbell and Canada’s Lindi Ortega added cheery expression to mournful Americana.

We were celebrating a rich heritage but, with fine sets from the likes of O’Hooley and Tidow, The Young ‘Uns, The Full English and a rejuvenated Seth Lakeman, its future is assured too.


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