Another success for Moseley Folk Festival

Sean Cannon of The Dublin Legends

Sean Cannon of The Dublin Legends

The annual Moseley Folk Festival is a Birmingham institution that just seems to get better and better each year.

As always there was an eclectic mixture of music – while folk is the predominant musical flavour of Moseley it is far from being its exclusive preserve.

Friday’s proceedings had more of a rock and roll feel, with headliners Ocean Colour Scene picking the perfect place to recreate their seminal Moseley Shoals album.

Whether you like their music or not they were on fire and delivered a storming and inspired performance that an adoring crowd thoroughly enjoyed.

Anotheer Friday highlight were Goodnight Lenin, a Birmingham band whose line-up are all of Irish descent. Their fusion of folk and pop is a joy to behold. At times reminiscent of sixties legends The Byrds they nonetheless plough a furrow that is all their own, with some great songs and searing melodies.

Catch them before they move on to bigger things.

It was great to see Edwyn Collins on Saturday, the former Orange Juice frontman performing great songs from an impressive back catalogue including the likes of Rip it Up and Never Met a Girl Like You Before. Some of the newer stuff sounded good and the array of musical styles meant he never lost the audience’s attention.

For folk fans and Irish music lovers the undoubted highlight was an appearance by The Dublin Legends, who closed the show on the Sunday night.

Although none of them are originals in the true sense of the word this talented quartet keep the music of the Dubliners alive.

They’re no newcomers either. Sean Cannon has been with the band for something like 30 years, and Eamonn Campbell almost as long.

They really did capture the spirit of the Dubliners at their finest and it was a perfect way to bring the festival to a close.

They varied the tempo with thoughtful and poignant ballads such as Dublin in the Rare ‘Oul Times and more lively singalongs like The Irish Rover.

Some of the best bits came courtesy of instrumentals featuring the tenor banjo talents of Gerry O’Connor, who has to be seen and heard to be believed.