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GloriaJ Otley folk festival 2011 (26) RE: Otley folk festival 2011 19 Sep 11

I was playing there yesterday, but went over on saturday too.I was particularly impressed by Chumbawamba - partly because I didnt expect to be.I've never heard them before, not even their "hit", but their reputation suggested a severe banging around the head with derivative political sloganeering. In fact, as most of the audience probably knew already, they are entertaining,relaxed performers,fine harmony singers with some of the most original inventive songwriting I've heard for a long time.I loved the song about George Melly.This was in the Methodist Hall, where I also heard Urban Folk Quartet for the first time.Very impressive - especially the percussionist, and they certainly know how to involve an audience.Very clever musical arrangements - although they did one piece,saying "no drinking here, but if you'd had a few you'd go wild for this one" which led into an abortive assault on an irish tune and sounded like two fiddles having a nervous breakdown, a ghastly bloody racket.Odd really - because otherwise they were brilliant.
Other people I heard - John Kirkpatrick, predictable - i.e. superb; and my friends Mick and Susie Darling on good form in the Horse And Farrier with their traveller songs.
Just a few people I enjoyed seeing at Otley (there were also one or two I didnt enjoy) - we got some serious weather at times, so it must have impacted on the outdoor events - but good for those of us playing inside, like me in Kork's as the heavens opened and the place got packed out - hot and steamy.

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