Lincoln Folk Festival 1971 England

5.0 (4)


A one day concert of traditional and contemporary folk music.
Lincoln Festival 1971 Poster - Artwork by Ian Beck
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Tupholme Folk Festival 1971
Sat Jul 24, 1971
Tupholme Manor Park
Tupholme Folk Festival
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Lincoln Folk festival 1971
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I remember seeing Sandy Denny, playing with Richard Thompson on guitar. It was the first time I'd seen him and I thought he was amazing! I remember Sandy Denny, before one song, saying Richard had asked her to do it because he wanted to make his guitar sound like a pedal steel. Can anyone else remember that? The recording of their set has emerged and it doesn't seem to be on that! Oh well. Maybe I dreamed it.
Lincoln Folk Festival 1971 - Sandy Denny
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I am 77 and this was one of the most wonderful events of my life...partly because with me was a new girlfriend who became my wife for 48 years. I was particularly keen to see the Byrds who were billed to be doing an acoustic set....did they fuck! They came on and kicked off with Do You Want to Be A Rock n Roll Star and it was NOT acoustic. Two things stand out ..the PA played music I had not heard about but later discovered it was Crosby Stills and Nash and the toilets were primitive...trenches dug into the ground shielded by canvass tarpaulins which fell down at some point during the day.Janis and I had little money and no way to get home so after the gig we slept under a sheet of plastic in the woods bordering the venue.. It pissed down all night but we were happy..we had found each other and we were happy after a wonderful concert.
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Lincoln Festival 1971
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I still tell people about this but I'd got to the point where I was beginning to doubt my own memory. What a line up. Tim Hardin had been indulging and was obviously high. Highlights were James Taylor who was mega at the time, and the Byrds who fooled us all with the acoustic billing then blew the stage away.
Four of us went in my mate's car from North Hykeham straight from the pub and got snarled up in traffic.Very sunny and ended up with a red kip.
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Lincoln Festival 1971
I went to a folk festival in Lincoln in 1971. This had a great bill opened by Ralph McTell, who played superb ragtime guitar and had the whole crowd joining in his recently written Streets of London. He was followed by an acoustic Dion with Abraham, Martin and John, Ruby baby etc. I was very anxious to see Tim Hardin, whose songs I first heard through Bobby Darin and Scott Walker. He sang his well-known Lady came from Baltimore, Black sheep boy, and Reason to believe in a style which was too jazzy at times and failed to project to the audience as it should have. Steeleye Span were entertaining. Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee were a thrill to see after all those years of listening to their records. Their set was pretty well the one they recorded at The Troubadour with Lightnin' Hopkins, which I had bought on the Saga label, and included the wonderful Just rode in your town. Sandy Denny was billed to appear with Fotheringay but they'd since disbanded. Instead, she sang powerfully with Richard Thompson, Dave Pegg and Gerry Conway who, I'm told, called themselves The Happy Blunderers - I thought I recalled her saying they were The Bunch. Tom Paxton was so predictably superb, that we thought we'd leave, so good had been the feast. Still to come were The Byrds, Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick and James Taylor. However, as we were making our preparations and farewells, The Byrds came on stage. They had been billed to play an acoustic set, but they stormed on with the electric Rock and roll star and played a classic set which included a cymbal knocking over version of Jesus is just all right and an acoustic second half which included Chestnut Mare. They were magnificent. I hadn't been a fan previously, but now I was converted. When they finished, that really was it for us. It couldn't get any better. By this time the audience at the back were chucking cans about and setting fire to the rudimentary toilets which straddled a long ditch.
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We hitch-hiked down from Middlesbrough at the age of 15 , telling parents we were camping in Whitby. Before the internet you were gone when you closed the door.
This was my first festival and it was a great experience. It was an outstanding line-up which caught the mood of the moment perfectly. The evening before was a hippy dream-scape. Tom Paxton certainly was there. I particularly remember him introducing a song about repression saying ... it's only thirteen years to 1984.
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