18 August 02003

Folk music and protest festival, Barbican

The Barbican has a four-day festival dedicated to the role of folk music in popular resistance, Freedom Highway. Seeing the Levellers and the wonderful Chumbawamba in the Corporation of London's arts venue should be unmissable (if not great for dancing) — that's on 19th September.

June Tabor and Huw Warren should sound good in St Giles Cripplegate, though I'm wary of her schoolteacher discourses between songs.

There are also films and talks to coincide with the gigs.

Posted by David Jennings in section(s) Cultural Calendar, Events on 18 August 02003 | TrackBack

Note to self, and anyone else who cares: do not go and see June Tabor again unless in a folk club where, during the pedestrian lecturing and self-righteous chat between songs, you can at least buy a round of drinks, chat to your mates or relieve your bladder. Yesterday when someone shouted "More songs, please" during the chat there was an immediate burst of applause, letting off pent-up audience frustration. The pauses disrupted the flow of the performance so much that Huw Warren fluffed several notes and JT had to restart a couple of verses because she'd got the words out of order. Buy the albums instead. Chumbawamba were wonderful, however.

Posted by: David Jennings on 21 September 02003 at 6:21 PM
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