Cropredy Oxfordshire 7th To 9th August 2013.
For the few hundred fans who had actually made up in time to see the first act on day two, they were treated to the winners of the BBC Radio 2 young folk award Gregg Russell and Ciaran Algar. With a contemporary sound combined with a musical dexterity that would challenge even the most seasoned musician these two are certainly ones to watch out for.
Despite knowing very little about folk rock and soul band Danny & The Champions of the World, I was eager to see what all the buzz was about as a rather large crowd had started forming at the front of the barrier. With the charismatic Danny George Wilson at the helm of what can be dubbed a folk super group these guys had a unique folk sound with a rock edge.
If you like your folk music a bit more alternative then the Moulettes will be the one for you. They had a unique sound with elements of prog, rock, pop and classical all rolled into one flavorful sound.
There’s something about a good old jig that stirs something inside and instinctively makes you tap your foot and Irish instrumental band Lunasa certainly have the credentials. Since 1997 these guys have played over 1500 shows around the world. With their innovation and passion their music has been hailed as some of the best at the forefront of Celtic music.
Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre is just sublime. Martin’s been Tull’s guitarist for the past 43 years but he has also worked with Paul McCartney, Phil Collins and the late, great Gary Moore. These days he’s put his own band together and plays all the classic hits from the extensive Jethro Tull back catalogue.
Penultimate act for the Saturday was the highly anticipated Levellers. Right from the off the band ignited a spark within the crowd that pretty much saw 17,000 fans bouncing up and down emphatically.
Kicking off with “England my Home” there couldn’t have been a more patriotic way to start their set. They knocked out a mixture of old and new material and classics like “What a beautiful Day”, “One Way” and “The Riverflow” to name but a few.
Described as being amongst the most inventive and influential bands of popular music 10cc had the honour of closing Saturday nights festivities. They instantly unleashed a barrage of classics opening with “The Wall Street Shuffle” and segueing through all the old favorites and a few lesser known ones as well. The tracks everyone wanted to hear were there: “Art For Art’s Sake”, “Oh Donna”, “I’m Mandy”, “Fly Me” and of course “I’m Not In Love”.
Even if you weren’t a big 10cc fan at the time, you’d still know far more of their songs than you realize. The energy remained high throughout the set and the audience were kept enthralled. Finishing the night with “Rubber Bullets”, the audience were on their feet! These guys may be “old wild men” but they can still hold their own with the best of them.
Review and Photography by Mark Lloyd (Amplified Gig Photography)