karohemd: by sogoth.livejournal.com (Music)
The website for the Cambridge Folk Festival 2011 is live
Date: 28, 29, 30, 31 July 2011
Tickets available from 20th of February for residents (phone and box office only), 27th of February nationally (online for everyone). Full festival: £114 for non-residents, 99 for residents.

No bands announced yet.
karohemd: (Photo)
I mentioned here that I didn't get a photo of "Pop" Cherryholmes but I found one last night! It's not as good as the one on the BBC website because of the microphone hiding some of his face and not that sharp, either (I held the camera with the long lens above my head and aimed blindly) but I'm happy. Here it is:

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karohemd: (Photo)
Taken from the crowd with the D80 and the 85mm f1.4 (at around f2, ISO400, 1/100s)

karohemd: (Devil)
Got up earlier than during the week (7:30), had a quick shower and breakfast and took the bus to the station (plenty of time to catch the 9:15 which would have gotten me to the venue half an hour early) but instead there was a replacement bus to Royston and then thankfully a nonstop train. It still meant I was not quite half an hour late for the workshop but I hadn't missed anything as people were still introducing themselves. The workshop proper started soon enough (more detail later in a separate post) and I spent the rest of the morning and all afternoon listening to [livejournal.com profile] scottchurch's advice and shooting a variety of gorgeous models who were all wonderful, friendly and great to work with at an awesome location with lots of natural light.
Oh, and I finally got to meet [livejournal.com profile] fracture242, [livejournal.com profile] frozen_amaranth and [livejournal.com profile] shadowkat_69 in person! Shame that time didn't allow any shots with Nadja as she was in high demand but I'm sure there will be another opportunity.

I had originally intended to cut the workshop short a little bit so I could get more of the Folk Festival but I stayed til the end, anyway because it was the right thing to do.

Another train and bus journey back and I was back in Cherry Hinton to catch the tail end of Allen Tuissant's performance which I'm a bit sad to have missed most of but sometimes stupid traffic gets in the way. Managed to get rather far to the front after he'd finished (about 20m from the stage, in reasonable reach of my 85mm. KD Lang's performance was utterly wonderful, such a voice! First I thought, oh, she's playing Hallelujah early in the set, but when she followed it with Instant Gravy Constant Craving I realised it was at an end already. The encore was really special, though and a lot of fun. Afterwards, I bought a bite to eat, wandered around a bit and then took the bus home where a couple of blokes who got on in town centre later randomly burst into the March of the Sinister Ducks...


2 Aug 2008 01:44 am
karohemd: by sogoth.livejournal.com (Music)
I should really go to bed as I need to get out early tomorrow morning to go down to London for [livejournal.com profile] scottchurch's workshop but I'm still hyper after having seen
Cherryholmes (again, this time a little closer)
Eliza Carthy
Michael McGoldrick
Peatbog Faeries (awesome, Soul/Funk-Scottish Folk crossover should not work on paper but it does...)
Hot 8 Brass Band
Grupa Fantasma
at the Cambridge Folk Festival. Such variety of music, such good performances, good sound, good light, lovely atmosphere.
karohemd: (Photo)
The storyteller John Row was listening to Cherryholmes near to where I was standing so I took the opportunity to snap this candid shot. I'm really pleased with it.

Cambridge Folk Festival

A few others )
I'll be back on site around 2 or so.
karohemd: by sogoth.livejournal.com (Music)
Got there just before 7, got my wristband and wandered in. Was immediately captivated by a Bluegrass band called Cherryholmes. They played very traditional Bluegrass/mountain music (harmony singing around a central mike, banjo, fiddle, guitar, upright bass) and they were brilliant. The stage 2 marquee was completely full already so I only managed to spot the stage from the side. I would have loved to be very close because the light would have been really good for photography. After they'd finished, I wandered around a bit, got a programme and decided to head to the Club Tent because the description of Findlay Napier & The Bar Room Mountaineers sounded good and I wanted to be there for the 3 Daft Monkeys, anyway.
Findlay Napier was cool and they did Scottish folk but I think I might have enjoyed Tunng more, as anything crossover usually rocks my boat but sadly I couldn't be in two places at once.

Then, however, the 3 Daft Monkeys came on and they brought the housetent down with their bouncy tunes. They'd come highly recommended by [livejournal.com profile] belak_krin and didn't disappoint. The whole tent was heaving with the music at the end and the band clearly revelled in the reception they got. After they had finished, I got a Northfield Farm burger, wandered to the bus stop and was home by 11.

A few photos are now on flickr. I only had the short zoom with me so no portraits.

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