A one day concert of traditional and contemporary folk music.
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The Byrds, who originally intended to play an acoustic set, were the only band to play an electric set.
I was there aged 17. I remember that when the festival closed the first thing they played on the pa was ‘Blue Jay Way’.
Mak 1 reviews
lincoln folk day
This coming weekend marks the 50th anniversary of this remarkable concert and I am so glad I was able to attend. My mate Pete and I travelled in a minibus from Lytham St.Annes organsied by a guy called Rick. We ran late as two people overslept and it delayed us. Missed the opening acts but recall the music was mostly sublime. It rained in the early afternoon and as we were already festival veterans had our plastic and ground sheets ready! I can't now recall Pentangle, the Incredibles or Tim Hardin but Tom Paxton was terrific getting the audience to sing along as was Dion who had just released his hit, Abraham, Martin and John (was too young to experience his doo wap/early rock and roll period). The undoubted highlights were an early evening set by Sandy Denny with Richard Thompson doing mainly songs from her soon to be releasd 'North Star Grassman' LP - 'Blackwater Side' was beautiful. Most of all it was my first and only time of seeing the Byrds and they were the best even if they were only supposed to play acoustically. Was esepcially pleased they did 'You Ain't Goin Nowhere'! The bus was leaving at midnight and the concert running late - we had to stumble over bodies in the dark to find our ride home accompanied by the songs of Buffy St Marie from the stage, whom I would loved to have seen perform her whole set. This concert still resonates after all this time and we went to a lot of festivals in 1970/71 and 72. Thank you all the musicians (many now RIP) and Fred Bannister the organiser
nigel cross 1 reviews
(Updated: May 30, 2021)
Brilliant. Found James Taylor. Wonderful memorable life long experience. Nearly seventy now. Remember much of it as if yesterday. Thank you to all the artists , organisers and fellow attendees. Amazing.
Paul Richard Sheridan TD 1 reviews
Lincoln Folk festival 1971
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.
Mike Boursnell 1 reviews
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.
Bill Geddes 1 reviews