Cambridge Folk Festival – Thursday night


The heavens opened in the afternoon, so – unfortunately – whatever happens now, this year’s Cambridge Folk Festival is going to require wellies. Oh well. Arrived just as Seasick Steve was getting under way, to widespread enjoyment; I couldn’t tell a great blues player from a merely good one, but I really enjoyed his set like everyone around me. Good start. Kris Drever followed, but was a little low-key and downbeat for such a short evening’s music – he’s got other appearances to come, which I suspect will show him off better. And finally the showstopping Alabama 3 “Unplugged”, who were one of those acts you get scattered throughout every festival that have that elusive quality of presence. Great fun, and they obviously had a lot of fans there, judging by the well-supported singalongs. A fine start to the weekend!

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