"Control the controllable" there's a bit of management speak you wouldn't expect to read in a preview to a music festival. Translated it means "don't worry about the weather", as the weather is the one thing that an organiser can do nothing about. Even Maverick with its barn, its peacock stage (sort of a small barn), and its Moonshine Stage (I'm guessing a new name for last years Tack Shed) will not be impervious to a drop of the wet stuff.
Why is this relevant to a preview? Well, last year's weather was so perfect; from the minute we arrived on the Friday morning for the inaugural Americana Music Association UK conference (the festival proper kicks off at five o'clock Friday after the conference closes) to when we left early Sunday afternoon, there was not a cloud in the sky. The only way the festival could improve would be to put together an even stronger line up than 2013. This is what they have done.
The Peacock Stage is curated by the AMA-UK on Friday night including sets from The Jamie Freeman Agreement, House of Hats and The Goat Roper Rodeo Band. Over in the Barn you'll find winner of Best Duo at the 2014 BBC Folk Awards Philip Henry and Hannah Martin, Maverick favourite Police Dog Hogan and to finish off the night The Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band.
Saturday is the only full day at Maverick so there is not a quiet moment from 11:00 am to 11:30 pm. The new Sweet Home Alabama Stage hosts the likes of Wynntown Marshalls, Dreaming Spires, Massy Ferguson and Danny and the Champions of the World throughout the afternoon and early evening. As the outdoor stage closes down the Peacock Cafe springs back into life; Sadie Jennett, Rebecca Pronsky, Sarah Jane Scouten, Brooks Williams and Peter Bruntnell all play.
Now, normally, seeing Bruntnell would be a shoe in but the Barn has quite possibly the greatest piece of programming you'll get at any festival this summer:
7:10 -7:50 Hannah Aldridge
8:05 - 9:05 Holly Williams
9:15 - 10:15 Mary Gauthier
10:30 - 11:30 Larkin Poe
At Cambridge Folk Festival last year Larkin Poe were likened to the Allman Brothers, Mary Gauthier's Trouble and Love is one of the best albums you'll hear all year, Holly Williams' latest has some of the saddest songs imaginable on it and, as for Hannah Aldridge, well she could be the star of the whole weekend.
Rain or shine Easton Farm Park in Suffolk is the only place to be for the first weekend in July.http://www.maverickfestival.co.uk/