2014 FESTIVAL REVIEW / 2015 FESTIVAL DATES – 15th – 17th MAY
This year’s Festival took place over the weekend of 16th – 18th May, the third time we have gathered some of the best in local folk, roots and rock musical talent here at Clippesby Hall, and what a weekend it has been! An amazing lineup, fantastic weather and a wonderful crowd. Bookings are now being taken for 2015, over the weekend of 15th – 17th May. Give us a call if you’d like to come along……. 01493 367800.
The Festival began this year on Friday evening with a great little set of covers and a few originals from uke band Spitfire, before local band One Hand Clapping set the tent alight performing a set of wildly diverse and upbeat pop and rock songs from the 60s to the present day. We particularly loved the conga snaking its way around the tent!
The main Festival day on Saturday kicked off at noon with our acoustic stage hosting four acts creating a lovely chilled atmosphere on the lawn in the sunshine. Acoustic Empire Nights warmed up for their electric set later in the evening, followed by Latitude veteran singer-songwriters Natalie Lake and Matt Watson, playing either side of a delicious set of country-folk from Samantha Parravani-Coe.
With an emphasis on original, roots and acoustic music through the day, the relaxed feel of the Festival Garden was happy and beautiful, perfectly enhanced by the delicately crafted Engli-cana folk of The Tin Heart Troubadours, with guitar, dobro and cello, a sublime combination.
The Festival moved into upbeat mode after the Tin Hearts, with a beautifully crafted stage and set from Murphy’s Lore. Whipping up a folk-storm, we started to see the first dancers of the weekend, with our Park Manager inevitably whirling around, a huge smile on his face (sorry everyone, he is an unstoppable force of nature once he gets going!).
Continuing on the band stage the talented folk band Addison’s Uncle, then took over, and wowed the crowd with their intricate guitar and fiddle playing and wonderful vocal harmonies. standing Festival favourites, Pepper & Shepherd delighted the crowds with their fantastically crafted South London folk songs about love and loss, with mesmerising interplay between guitar and mandolin.
Continuing our tradition of new, young talented rock bands playing at the Festival we had Norwich band Empire Nights delivering a punchy set of self-penned, catchy pop-rock on the band stage before our headlining acoustic act, the wondrously talented Jess Morgan.
Showcasing her brilliant new album ‘Langa Langa’ and fresh from her UK tour, she lit up the tent beautifully, captivating the entire audience with her guitar playing and wonderful voice.
Last on the band stage were the Little Red Kings, playing original, melodic, groove-infused rock that got the tent bouncing until the end. With songs laden with catchy guitar riffs and sing-along choruses, it was the perfect end to the perfect weekend!
Let’s do it all again next year! 15th – 17th May 2015. Watch this space for news………………..