“By absolute contrast, Martin Simpson and Dom Flemons marked their reunion with a breathtaking set of songs that explore the links between British folk music, music hall, vaudeville, tent shows, ragtime and the early Blues. A project commissioned by the English Folk Dance and Song Society, it comes laden with treasures – Simpson revisiting The Unfortunate Rake/St James’s Hospital then passing the baton to Flemons for his take on St James’s Infirmary Blues. Gripping from the first note to the last, their set is the stand out show of the festival.
Family-friendly is a central tenet of many a festival offering, but a more accurate epithet at Larmer Tree might arguably be ‘friendly family’ as stewards go about their business, bins are emptied, litter picked, problems solved and business taken care of with barely a ripple caused. The Lostwood delivers on its promise of myriad entertainment for the young and the young at heart, a mid-afternoon stroll around the Water Gardens is richly rewarded, the Pavilion hosts some terrific passing theatre, all manner of good things happen all over the place and beyond as a new strain sets up a series of walks and bike rides to take festival goers out into the further reaches of the Rushmore Estate landscape.”
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