Folk for free (and free for folk, just me for you and you for me alone…)
There were free bands at the ICC on the afternoon of the 15th as part of the English Originals Folk Festival, and I do like a bit of freeness. I arrived in time to see only the last half-a-song from Abie Budgen and her drum-carrying pal, but I liked that – an eccentrically English version of a big bluegrass hoe-down, perhaps.
The really very gorgeous indeed Deborah Hodgson was on next with her band, playing that kind of folk music that I think I’m henceforth going to refer to as Poshfolk. You know the sort of thing – all angelic voices and gentle swells of violin, a world of Constable landscapes and larks ascending. Very nicely done, anyway. She certainly seems to be keen on basing songs on poems – not only did we have one inspired by “The Lady Of Shalott”, there was also a setting-to music of one by Robert Burns. No, not that Robert Burns. This one was apparently in the audience.
I was most keen to see Goodnight Lenin, given that they’ve received more than just a few compliments from some of the local blogs. I am now happy to concur with this praise. They’ve been described elsewhere as Birmingham’s answer to Crosby, Stills & Nash, and I can see that but they are a fair bit folksier. One song (announced as a new one) really made me think of Dylan too. They really seem to have the knack of this ‘songwriting’ lark, and “Wencelas Square” has been in my brain on-and-off all week since then. I am very definitely on the bandwagon.
There were more bands on after this, but I had a fixture elsewhere. The only question was where…