The observant and analytical among you will have figured out by now that John was at Ely Folk Festival on Saturday. It's not the biggest festival in the world, or indeed in Cambridgeshire, but it is one of the nicest and friendliest and can always be relied upon to unearth talent which you might otherwise not have noticed.
Like most other people I always try to plan a way to get around to see everyone and everything.
But it's difficult - so very difficult. On the way in I heard an unaccompanied female voice come floating high and clear through the air....
....Hannah Sanders. I'd heard she was good but I didn't realise she was that good! Beautiful traditional and contemporary songs, with guitar and dulcimer backing sending me cartwheeling back to the early days of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell.
Enough to inspire you to go and buy a guitar, or make you give up entirely!
There's Morris dancing too, some more traditional than others! Gold Star Morris from Norwich (above) and the Gothic alternative, Hemlock Morris from Bedford (below).
Meanwhile what's this in the main marquee?
A bluegrass band from Essex, England? The New Essex Bluegrass Band are just that, all gathered round a single mic in traditional bluegrass style. The choreography involved in getting each soloist up front at the right time is worth watching itself. And the music's good too.
Lots of activities for children too, including painting this wonderful bus. They've been painting all weekend and they ain't done yet!
It was great to catch the three-part acapella harmony of Artisan. They've been singing together all over the world for over thirty years, but it's a long time since I've heard them live.
Then it's time to take a breather before the evening concert. Because I needed to catch a train home I could only see the first couple of hours, but it worked out that I saw two acts that I'd been looking forward to.
The unusually named Hut People are a wonderfully hard-working and entertaining two-man band. Sam Pirt plays accordion, does a bit of Quebecois foot-percussion and dancing while Gary Hammond plays a wide assortment of percussion instruments including plastic pigs - I kid you not! Add to this a repertoire of tunes from all over the world and madcap humour and you've got The Hut People.
Finally, for me anyway, Nancy Kerr And The Sweet Visitor Band. She's been making music with various combinations of musicians for eighteen years or so - and it's all good! A great fiddler, a fine singer and recently she's been writing some wonderful songs too. We'll let her finish this post with her usual flamboyance...