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I’ve just got back from a very wet, wild and windy Cropredy Festival!!

I had a great time, but especially seeing lots of my friends playing up on the big stage (Orlando La Rose with Pauline Black on the Friday night, Keith Donnelly in his compere role, and the Little Johnny England crew on the Saturday)

Here are some shots of Little Johnny England:

Little Johnny England on stage

Little Johnny England on stage

And here is one of the fabulous Martin Taylor:

Martin Taylor on stage

Martin Taylor on stage

Despite the rain, a really lovely weekend! I’ll be up there next year. . . !?

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Naomi Alderman of The Guardian has just written the following article on steampunk, and in particular re the forthcoming Lincoln steampunk weekend.

I had no knowledge of the Lincoln weekend unfortunately – otherwise I might have taken a stall there!? Maybe next year. . .?


Steampunk culture -  an introduction | Books | The Guardian
Steampunk culture - an introduction | Books | The Guardian


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Here’s a tiny mention The Cakes had in the Warwick Courier – not a review as such but it’s a start!:

Review in Warwick Courier

Review in Warwick Courier

The mention / photo is once again courtesy of the excellent Andy Lock – thanks, Andy!

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Have just received these fabulous shots taken at our gig at The Catalan restaurant during the recent Warwick Folk Festival. . .

All were taken by the excellent Andrew Lock – check out more of his great work here >>

King Alfred's Cakes

King Alfred's Cakes

Me!

Me!

Karen and me

Karen and me

I was hoping these would arrive – many thanks agin to Andy for letting us show / use them!

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King Alfred’s Cakes have just come back from doing three gigs over the course of the Warwick Folk Festival weekend.

We had a great time up there, and I think our gigs went down AOK!?

Here are a few personal highlights from the weekend:

  1. I changed my strings for once – I had forgotten just how nice new strings both feel and sound (note to self. . .)
  2. Our second gig was in the very lovely Catalan restaurant in Warwick town centre. Not only did we have a great fun gig (amidst talking punters, waitresses rushing all over the place, the occasional dropped tray of cutlery, the odd rowing customers etc) but it turns out that Malcolm the owner wears exactly the same make of excentric shirts (from the excellent Hawes & Curtis) as I did for the publicity photos we had taken – spooky!
  3. Our sound man for the final gig was the marvellous Ali Russell, an old member of the Battlefield Band, a man who seemed to know all our tunes better than we did! (thanks for the excellent sound, Ali)
  4. That Keith Donnelly, compère and performer extraordinaire, is a very humorous (and hard working!) man indeed!
  5. That my favourite band of the weekend were the excellent 2 Duos – check them out here >>

We hopefully have some proper photos from the event coming soon, but in the meantime here are three fun ones that I took myself:

 A camera-shy Cake hiding after out gig at The Catalan

A camera-shy Cake hiding after out gig at The Catalan

The wonderful Orb of Joy (my name!) sculpture in the grounds of the Festival location

The wonderful Orb of Joy (my name!) sculpture in the grounds of the Festival location

A view of the theatre where we did our final gig (taken during the Two Duos gig)

A view of the theatre where we did our final gig (taken during the Two Duos gig)

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