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London Folk Fest 2014: Highlights

Last weekend my sister and I headed to the Bedford to enjoy the best folk music London has to offer. Here are my highlights.

THURSDAY:

Right at the top of the Bedford is a little room called the Tavistock, we grabbed ourselves a sofa and sat enchanted for the entirety of Ledra Chapman’s set (which included a terrific Jamie T cover!)

FRIDAY:

First up on the Theatre stage on Friday was Aimee McKenzie, a young singer songwriter with siblings in tow. Not only were they adorable but their music shows immense promise, I’ll be keeping tabs.

(Ok so I chose the above video mainly because the little one’s wearing a superman outfit, but also because they played this song and it reminded me of Taylor Swift, which is a good thing in my books).

SATURDAY:

We spent all Saturday evening at Vin’s Night In. By far the best night of the festival, the night was hosted in the round so all the acts took turns to play songs and it was just lovely!

Stephanie Fraser

Evan Jack

(Beard crush)

SUNDAY:

There were so many amazing acts on Sunday, but the one act that made me really want to buy their CDs were Lily and Meg.

(I should probably point out that I’m trying to learn the harmonica so watching someone play the banjo AND the harmonica seriously impresses me at the moment.)

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Taylor Swift and Dancing Years

I’ve been listening to the same two sets of music this week: T Swizzle’s new album and a delightful discovery in the form of Dancing Years.

Taylor Swift’s new album Red has been on constant repeat in the Hopwood household. We’ve been big fans for years now and openly so. My favourite songs on the album thus far are:

  • I knew You Were Trouble
  • All Too Well
  • We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together (it took me a while to appreciate this one, now I’m slightly obsessed)
  • The Last Time (the perfect combination of Snow Patrol and Taylor Swift, so lovely!)

Dancing Years have everything I look for in a band; jumpers, facial hair, trumpets and a chorus of all the above singing their little lungs out. Here’s a little live snippet of them performing live – I  absolutely love the way this track builds.

 

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