Chris Marling and Ashley Hinson report from Cambridge Folk Festival, July 2005
On Mary Gauthier! Simply the highlight of the festival so far. Absolutely brilliant. Gothic country is the nearest my limited vocabulary gets to describing her. Similarities with Jim White and Johnny Dowd are undeniable, but she is simply astonishing in her own right. Mighty.
Hayseed Dixie...another hicksville romp, Ace of Spades still the highlight....hehe...car crashes...hehe.
I'd never seen Bryan McNeill before, but it immeidately became clear
that he commanded reverential respect from his awestruck audience. His
captivating storytelling was a pre-cursor to each adn every song he
played, they tales
Legendary soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples simply proved I have no soul. Whilst other around me watched wide eyed with enthusiasm, I remained entirly unmoved.
So a late start meant missing the mighty low country but Marling, the Mrs an' the little'un asure me they were as marvelous as you'd all expect...
Martha Wainwright, son of Johnny Cash, and niece of Woody Guthrie IV
I believe, made her precence felt over on stage two. Whilst a change
Perhaps being a member of the established folk aristocracy lends itself
to a greater acceptance. The cheers were well deserved, Bloody Mother
Fucking Arsehole is a standout song, worthy of an artist with a far
Hayseed Dixie, hehehe, Ace of Spades, hehehehe.
Stick your finger in your ear and hey nonny nonny about
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