41st Cambridge Folk Festival

Memories 1

I Was Steeleye Spans Nanny

I remember coming to the 17th cambridge folk festival with Steeleye Span, I was Maddy and Ricks nanny.  For a 19year old girl who had no experience of folk music prior to my time with Steeleye it was a fantastic time.  Last night I went to the Stratford upon Avon gig for Steeleye Span which brought back tremendous memories again for me.  This prompted me to look for your website and I'm now hoping to persuade my husband that a weekend spent at the 40th festival will be an experience not to be missed. Kate Milward

Katrin Seeburger Meets The Dubliners

The first time I visited your festival was in 1993. at this time I was 15 years old and not at all interested in folk music. It was because of my father, who had been to Cambridge in the 70's several times, that I found my love for folk music and your festival. Next time I came to Cambridge was in 2000. and this time it was even better!

The first two times in Cambridge were always combined by some weeks of travelling through Scotland, England and Wales; but in 2002 we decided to come to Britain only for the folk festival. It was the year, the Dubliners had their 40th anniversary, of course and I listened to their music even since I was a baby. So the best thing that could have ever happened to me concerning music and bands I love, was to meet the Dubliners. And I did and I had the chance to talk to them.

I met so many nice, happy and friendly people there, and I have to say that all the officials and all the people organizing the whole thing do such a great job!! You never get that kind of atmosphere anywhere else in europe! (at least not the places I have been to)

Thank you very much for the great job you all do!!!

Phil Gallagher Has A Stroke Of Luck

IN 1978 with only a vague notion of the festival and what it was about and no tickets, a mate and I set off in his Mini for Cambridge.
In those days there were fewer signs and after a bit of searching we spotted a sign for Cherrry Hinton and managed to drive in onto the main site (imagine that on Saturday afternoon now with no ticket!!) and set up a very poor excuse for a tent (it later fell over in the night).
We tried to stroll into the main areas with no ticket but were stopped pretty quickly (don't forget in the relatively innocent 1970's bunking in was not the commercial operation it is now). So we went and asked a likely looking character where we could get a ticket from. The grizzled Scot cooking by his VW camper said he thought that some tickets were being sold down at a particular gate. We thanked him, strolled off andwere in luck - we both bought tickets.
Later that night in one of the main tents we saw some great acts and asthe penultimate act came on to great applause we looked up to see thevery same grizzled Scot who'd directed us to tickets start a fantastic set. It was Alex Campbell, and thanks to him we saw some fantastic acts such as Paul Brady and Andy Irvine, Johnny Silvo, and top of the bill a certain Don Mclean. We had great time and later in "Folk Roots" read that,owing to a communication error, one gate started selling tickets for just half an hour on the Saturday afternoon and we must have bought
two of them.
Luck or coincidence? I dunno, but it set me up for plenty of returnvisits and I have never been dissapointed with the utter quality on offer.
Phil Gallagher