Cambridge Folk Festival 2006 lineup announced

They’ve announced the lineup for this year’s Folk Festival which takes place in my back garden (-ish) and it’s an intriguing one. Nice to see they’ve continued the trend of the last few years by avoiding the pop acts (it hasn’t hurt the ticket sales, so why not?)
Headlining is “a rare and exclusive UK festival appearance from the legendary Emmylou Harris” which should be interesting, and there’ll be plenty of people wanting to see the first appearance here in over 20 years of The Chieftains. I’ll be fascinated to hear if Cerys Matthews has gone folk, and artists returning who I’ve enjoyed in the past include Eddi Reader, Cara Dillon, Seth Lakeman and local faves Ezio.
Also, when was the last time the Folk Festival had the previous Christmas’ chart topping act performing? I suspect Nizlopi will surprise a few people who think they’re a one-song outfit.

More British than a British thing

There’s a half-decent, half-British, half-American Half Man Half Biscuit interview on Popmatters today. It says: “A big part of America’s problem, of course, is that Half Man Half Biscuit (HMHB to their friends) are so very British that, to a lazy listener, they must sound positively alien.” Count the missus in on that one, and she’s an Essex gel.