Given all the drastic cancellations, restrictions and general disquiet that’s gone on because of CoVid 19 it’s been on line activities and events which have at least raised a ray of hope for live music when all is restored to a modicum of normality. Of course this should be festival season, sunshine, a drink in hand, a bunch of friends and music to chill to, well that’s the idea generally, now the first of the big brands has stepped up to deliver an on line take away solution to delivering the folksy festival vibe right into your domicile with Cambridge 2020: At Home. The following has been sent by their press office.
“We are excited to announce Cambridge Folk Festival at Home 2020, a unique event to mark the Festival weekend by inviting you to create your own festival atmosphere at home and enjoy a host of special entertainment and activities.
Running during the scheduled dates of the 2020 festival, Thursday 30th July to Sunday 2nd August, Cambridge Folk Festival at Home 2020 will include a mix of exclusive video content from artists, social media opportunities for audience interaction, and Cambridge-curated playlists which can be streamed online.
As part of the Festival’s celebrations, BBC Folk Singer of the Year Bella Hardy will lead the Cambridge Folk Festival’s Virtual Choir. A long-time performer at the Festival, Bella Hardy helped introduce The Hub in 2006 as a music making area for young people. Join Bella for a live workshop on YouTube the morning of Saturday 11 July, where you’ll learn The Parting Glass in three-part harmony. You’ll then have an opportunity to make a video of yourself singing, and we’ll assemble as many videos as we can into a choral collage to be shared over the course of the weekend. Another highlight of the weekend will be the Songlines Interview, featuring Songlines Magazine editor Jo Frost in conversation with Fatoumata Diawara, which will be available to watch on Facebook.
Further talks and workshops being run remotely over the course of the weekend will include a talk about environmentalism from folk singer Sam Lee, a storytelling workshop with Alex Ultradish, a movement workshop created by Debbie Norris, who choreographed the folk ballet The Sisters of Elva Hill which premiered at the 2019 Festival, and yoga sessions.
Further talks and workshops will be announced in July – check back regularly for updates, subscribe to the Festival’s email newsletter, or follow us on Facebook.”