ONCE again Moseley Folk Festival has proved it is one of the best small festivals on the circuit.
This year’s headliners were evidence, if any were needed, of how Moseley has grown and developed over the years since its inception.
St Etienne (not really folk one might argue but a great draw), Beth Orton and Jethro Tull are all the sort of names the organisers could have only dreamed of when the festival first started a few years back.
Originally there didn’t used to be a Friday part of the festival and though it is a shorter day, many were no doubt attracted by the prospect of St Etienne.
They went down a storm, performing the classic Foxbase Alpha album in its entirety - a true pop classic.
Saturday always feels like the main event in some respects, situated as it is slap bang in the middle of festival proceedings.
Highlights of the afternoon were Wolf People with the Rolling Stones infused folksy blues providing the perfect soundtrack to sit back on the slopes of Moseley Park and take the festival vibe in.
Beth Jeans Houghton is an unusually charismatic folk singer - with a look that’s a kind of cross between Liza Minelli and Harpo Marx. Her imaginative take on the folk genre could well herald some crossover mainstream success.
One of the big names of the day were experimental and influential folk act Comus, who were certainly interesting but perhaps not to everyone’s taste.
Beth Orton closed the proceedings in style with her haunting songs that have won critical acclaim.
Sunday saw the eagerly anticipated appearance of comic Adrian Edmondson, who performs punk rock in a folk style, showing that folk music doesn’t always take itself too seriously.
The festival ended on a high note with an appearance by the legendary Jethro Tull.
A few decades ago one might have filed in to a stadium to see this band, who have fused folk and rock perhaps better than anyone else.
Front man Ian Anderson still manages to jump around a stage in impish fashion while playing a mean flute and singing, and is clearly still enjoying performing.
A great raconteur too, his little stories and song introductions were almost as good as the songs themselves.
Once again a resounding success overall - roll on next year.