Underneath The Stars' second weekend festival in Cannon Hall Farm, Cawthorne, South Yorkshire, proved to be just as succesful as its debut last summer. The weather however, did let itself down and a couple of downpours had the audiences packing in to see the acts under canvas. Not deterred, the crowds went wild. Some amazing bands that I'd not even heard of before and some big names as well – all down to Joe Rusby's excellent booking policy.
Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bob Fox, Martin Simpson and Kate Rusby headlined, but Molotov Jukebox, Electric Swing Circus and Hope & Social certainly had everyone out of their seats and dancing.
As at other festivals and events I was working with my good friend Phil Carter who I have jostled alongside in front of the stage for ten years or more. He wrote these very kind words on Facebook: "Over the years, Bryan Ledgard has gently advised me, guided me, and supported me with my photography but more importantly has taught me not to take it all too seriously, but to just get in there and enjoy it. He has been and always will be the benchmark that I aspire to, and I've so much to be grateful to him for. One thing's for sure, every shot I take at Cambridge Folk Festival this weekend will be for him. Thanks Pal." A honour, Phil :)
While Phil concentrated on the stage acts, I found much of interest around the festival site – from fish-waving pirates, rock-balancing, drumming workshops to soap-making, a Charleston dance class and yoga. So between us we provided a complete record of a fabulous three-day event.