At Willowman the week before, Rob Bazley mentioned he was going to this and when we heard the lineup our free weekend suddenly acquired a trip to pretty part of Worcestershire near Bromsgrove we'd never been to before. £23 each with camping seemed like a great deal for a one day festival with at least four top acts.
First on was Claire Boswell with some gentle folk guitar and singing. Perfect for the relaxed atmosphere at the start of a beautiful sunny afternoon. Her voice is superb, mostly put to work on her own songs but also covers like a particularly nice rendition of Fleetwood Mac's Dreams. She has an album out. Check it out - it comes recommended by none other than Mike Harding.
The Leylines are a relatively new band that seem to be taking on the festie-folk scene one festival at a time. If you haven't caught up with them yet you soon will and you should. Led by the inimitable Steve Mitchell this is happy, dancy, fiddle-backed music delivered with enthusiasm and great character. The horribly catchy single "Sat in a Field" is fast becoming the sound of the summer. Have a listen and you'll wish you were "drinking cider in the sun, having festival fun" with these guys playing on stage. Although if it was me I'd not be sitting down. This was the point in the day the dancing started in earnest!
Headlining were hosts The Roving Crows. The cider had really hit the spot by this time and the tent was packed with revellers well up for the party. Paul O'Neill led the folk-rock ensemble on a riot of fun tunes, occasionally lapsing into full-on hoedown with some great fiddle from Caitlin Barrett, and had us all dancing madly (my phone battery had gone but there might not have been any photos in any case). The marquee support in front of the stage saw some action from aspiring pole dancers and kids enjoying a bit of height above the crowd. The encores kept coming and it was a great show and a great end to a marvelous little festival. Huge thanks to Paul and the team for putting it on.