Cat no. 136576

The Greatest Folk Festival in the World

Running time25:27 Colour Sound 1975 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

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Anglia Television celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Cambridge Folk Festival.



The Cambridge Folk Festival is celebrated in this documentary profile by Anglia Television, with the festival's tenth anniversary in July 1974 attracting large crowds, many of whom camp on site. Festivalgoers revel in the unique atmosphere; drinking, chatting, dancing and listening to the best folk artists from Britain, Europe and the United States. Live performances are interspersed with quotes from organiser Ken Woollard, who talks about the festival's success, and interviews with festivalgoers about what makes them return to Cambridge every summer.

American singer-songwriter Arlo Guthrie performs 'Deportees' to a large crowd, whilst others meet, share food and play music in the tent field. Performances from British folk artists Rosemary Hardman, and Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra is followed by a trio of songs by Loudon Wainwright III; 'Liza', 'Muse Blues' and 'Unrequited to the Nth Degree'. The following morning, early risers wander through the litter-strewn fields, as sleeping campers wake, rubbish is collected and the crowds begin to form for another day of live music. George Deacon and Marion Ross perform a traditional English ballad, whilst Scottish quartet Boys of the Lough continue their celtic revival. Crowds drink and enjoy the festival atmosphere as Breton musician Alan Stivell performs a traditional song with his harp, before his full band closes the festival with a raucous set combining traditional celtic music with modern rock instrumentation.


Performances include Arlo Guthrie ('Deportees'), Rosemary Hardman ('Spare Rib Rag'), Pigsty Hill Light Orchestra ('Hello Central, Give Me Dr. Jazz'), Loudon Wainwright III ('Liza', 'Muse Blues', 'Unrequited to the Nth Degree'), George Deacon and Marion Ross ('Gold Purchase'), Boys of the Lough, Alan Stivell.

Featured People:

Alan Stivell; Arlo Guthrie; George Deacon; Ken Woollard; Loudon Wainwright III; Marion Ross; Rosemary (Rosie) Hardman

Featured Events:

Cambridge Folk Festival, 1974

Anglia Television

David Kenten (credited as David C. Kenten)

Peter Fuller; Paul Bennett

Mike O'Halloran

Roy Mingaye; Terry Barker; Charles Earl (dubbing mixer)

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