The Leigh Folk Festival is taking place, just round the corner from me this weekend. Criminally, considering it’s only a twenty minute hoof – this year will be the first time I’ve actually wandered along. I’m not entirely sure to what to expect, but yelling, yodelling and some polite humored a hootin’ and a howlin’ are sure to feature on the fixtures list – let’s hope some of it’s as groovy as these green fingered funky folkies….
Donovan was discovered in Westcliff (about two miles, or two train stops ) down the line from the Leigh Folk Festival by Tin Pan Alley legend Peter Eden who until fairly recently ran an excellent second hand record and book shop in Leigh – ‘Barabajagal’ features The Jeff Beck Group doing the backing duties – you can smell the Zep’ in this track.
John Martyn – ‘Dreams By The Sea’
I’ve always felt there’s a touch of ‘The Sweeney’ style stake out texture about JM’s snake hips shake down.
Like Bowie, Bolan and Rod Stewart – Robert Plant followed the same hop, skip and jump from Mod to Folk to Hippie before joining the rock aristocracy – you’ve got to love Zep for tempering their testosterock with both funk and folk.
If you do end up taking a trip to the Leigh Folk Festival( perhaps via the Fenchurch flyer) – keep an eye out for someone in a straw pork pie hat (yes, really!) sitting and sipping down by The ‘Billet.
……To Rock God