John Smith Confined within the grade one Georgian church, fairy lights twinkled from the rafters as the historic St Paul's church's pews filled up with patrons eagerly awaiting the fun filled folk night ahead. The refined crowd waited in anticipation as candles flickered on the stage for the intimate evening with John Smith and Katherine Priddy. Huddled in the wooden pews the crowd clapped loudly as Katherine appeared at the altar.


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Moseley Folk Festival 2018 The festival god's blessed the 13th Moseley Folk Festival with glorious sunshine for the whole three days, which is only fair and right seeing as how they damned Moseley’s sister festival, Lunar to a torrents of rain for much of that weekend. And no matter how much rain makes for the "proper" festival experience, being dry, warm to hot (possible for the last time this year), makes for a much more pleasant festival. So karma readdressed and lucky 13 for some and all, Moseley got under way on the afternoon of Friday 31st August.


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Moseley Folk Festival 2013 Oh lordy, the OAPs are right you know. The older you get the faster the years fly by. It seems like only yesterday that we were singing along lustily to All Around My Hat (the degree of lustiness being in direct proportion to the quantity of cider consumed) and yet here we are again at another MoFo. I’m not complaining, it’s the bit between festivals that gets my goat... real life I think it’s called. Jolly silly idea.


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Cate Le Bon Essentially you have to think Fairport Convention meets The Cowboy Junkies and Jefferson Airplane with Blue Cheer providing the chemical hospitality. Call it retro existential cosmetic angst if you will. Cate Le Bon, on electric guitar/vocals, sports a Mary Quant iconic 60s black hair bob and swirly black cloak. The discordant, jangling, vibrato keyboards evoking Country Joe & The Fish circa 1970. Her dreamy beat-pop and precise vocal articulation was a canny, decoy ruse of Welsh wizardry because suddenly the band unleashed a chaotic, septic wasps’ nest of psychedelic guitar riff mayhem. Wonderful.


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