Many of you will recall our mention of The London Folk and Roots Festival which was held on the 28th October 2012. It was a lovely one day event that was put together by Bob Meyer who many of you will know as the host of Bob’s Folk Show. It was held at the deceivingly large Amersham Arms pub in New Cross.
An outsider would have immediately noticed the camaraderie between artists who regularly play the London folk circuit, they were all very talented and you came away asking yourself why the the BBC carry on largely ignoring this scene especially when they choose to carry titles for their programmes such as ‘folk and acoustic’. I enjoyed the BBC Folk Awards but if they can also review the likes of Pictish Trail and Serafina Steer in the BBC ‘Folk’ review section then why don’t their programmes or music awards similalrly reflect this breadth of music? It’s a strange disconnection which grows more prominent year on year.
It’s this disjointed approach to music that drives a lot of what we do as well as the hard work of Bob Meyer, Simple Folk Radio, The Nest Collective and HI54LOFI Records whose shows we feature.
To give a flavour of how vibrant a scene it really is Bob flew over a Spanish film maker to put together a film of the day. Whilst it was not possible to film all thirty artists from the day he did capture 16 very fine acts.
It bought together musicians that I know and who have played on my radio show (Bob’s Folk Show) we had folks come from all over the UK. I keep being asked if I will do it again this year? Well the last one ended up costing me money and a lot of stress but with the same great team behind me of course we will, just watch this space.
The film features in order of appearance: Kilkawley Family, James Burton, Hank Dogs, The Galleons, Lucy Kitt, The Bara Bara Band, Ben Walker & Josienne Clarke, Lorraine Wood, Troubadour Rose, Michele Stodart, Pete Greenwood, Maggie Jane Rose, Indigo Earth, Winston Skerritt, Jack Day and finally Joe Wilkes.