The Mitcheldean pre-Festival concert

Last night, Fiona and I played at the Mitcheldean Folk Festival’s pre-festival evening concert — a twenty-five minute set of eight songs. It went really well.


The set was the one I laid out in the last post, except for a minor change in the order: I forgot to do Dar Williams’s We Learned the Sea until after the two Beatles numbers. (Actually, I think that tweak made the set run better: we started out on a good run of songs that everyone knows before doing the pair by (unjustly) lesser known singer-songwriters, then finished with a more mainstream pair.)

I love how Fiona doesn’t miss a beat when I make mistakes like this. It’s the wonder of having a backing musician who is much, much better than the lead guy. For example, I play Scarborough Fair at capo 5, but for some reason — I’ve never done this before — I put the capo at position 3, so I played the whole thing in C minor instead of D minor. I didn’t even realise this until I was singing the last verse, because Fiona had simply and uncomplainingly played the whole flute part a tone down.

Our set was one of eight, played in a marquee behind the Bespoke Brewery. It turned out to be an ideal venue: just the right size for the 50 or so people who were there at any one time, with a very clear sound, and a selection of excellent ales. Best of all, the audience was wonderful: laughing at the jokes, singing along with the well-known songs, listening intently to the less-known ones, and generous with the applause. All eight acts got a really good reception.

So I’m really looking forward now to doing the same set at 4pm in the main Mitcheldean Festival concert on Saturday 18 July.


One response to “The Mitcheldean pre-Festival concert

  1. Pingback: Recordings from the Mitcheldean pre-Festival concert | The Reinvigorated Programmer

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