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'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971

GUEST,D Milne 10 Feb 18 - 05:52 PM
GUEST,Barbara Smock 05 Oct 17 - 09:37 PM
GUEST,Spider Maghee 17 Sep 17 - 08:09 AM
GUEST,Tunesmith 03 Sep 17 - 04:23 PM
GUEST,Descartes 03 Sep 17 - 03:09 PM
Georgiansilver 07 Sep 16 - 02:06 PM
Rob Naylor 07 Sep 16 - 10:23 AM
Bonzo3legs 07 Sep 16 - 09:35 AM
GUEST,Paul Richard Sheridan 07 Sep 16 - 06:41 AM
GUEST 21 Mar 16 - 11:09 AM
GUEST,Pavane 30 Nov 15 - 09:58 AM
GUEST,Jonny Soprano 03 Nov 15 - 06:46 AM
GUEST,Sue 04 Oct 15 - 01:27 PM
GUEST,Eliza 04 Sep 15 - 12:29 PM
GUEST,derek 12 Aug 15 - 09:54 AM
GUEST,Bill Hornsby 30 Jul 15 - 04:27 PM
GUEST,Les Owen 09 Jul 15 - 04:12 PM
GUEST,les owen 09 Jul 15 - 03:56 PM
GUEST,Dave Evardson 18 Mar 15 - 05:30 PM
GUEST,Kenny Goodman 23 Sep 14 - 10:02 AM
GUEST,Peter Kievenaar 14 Sep 14 - 07:10 AM
GUEST,raymond j martin aka Snowie 24 Jul 14 - 03:54 AM
GUEST,oggie 03 Jun 14 - 08:45 AM
Georgiansilver 03 Jun 14 - 02:15 AM
Georgiansilver 03 Jun 14 - 02:13 AM
GUEST,kev liverpool 02 Jun 14 - 05:51 PM
Georgiansilver 30 May 14 - 04:38 PM
GUEST 30 May 14 - 01:39 AM
GUEST,Mike Winters 18 Mar 14 - 03:46 PM
GUEST,iriscot 53 28 Jan 14 - 04:52 AM
GUEST,Tunesmith 24 Jan 14 - 03:08 PM
GUEST,Mick Gough 24 Jan 14 - 02:09 PM
GUEST,Deb 12 Jan 14 - 02:01 PM
GUEST,Frank 04 Jan 14 - 07:16 PM
GUEST,Rockinjan 31 Dec 13 - 07:06 AM
GUEST,jah pensioner 05 Dec 13 - 04:17 PM
The Sandman 29 Sep 13 - 03:32 AM
GUEST,Rob Oxberry 28 Sep 13 - 06:06 AM
Georgiansilver 18 Aug 13 - 05:56 PM
GUEST,gordon 18 Aug 13 - 05:19 PM
The Sandman 13 Apr 13 - 01:18 PM
GUEST,Bill Geddes. 13 Apr 13 - 08:37 AM
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GUEST,Andy Hiles 09 Nov 12 - 06:44 PM
GUEST,Simon Welburn 27 Aug 12 - 02:34 PM
GUEST,Malcolm Casey 27 Aug 12 - 02:55 AM
GUEST,Ianzblues 04 Aug 12 - 12:23 PM
GUEST,trainspotter 52 26 Jun 12 - 06:19 AM
GUEST,Greg 07 Mar 12 - 05:18 AM
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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,D Milne
Date: 10 Feb 18 - 05:52 PM

Went there with my cousin and a couple of friends. We arrived too early the Monday or Tuesday. We were interviewed by the local newspaper, although never got a copy. The hells angels came up to our tents as we were the only ones there. One of them volunteered me to go with him into town to buy alcohol on his easy rider style bike. Never to be forgotten. For some mad reson we took my cousins dog Turk with us. Don't know what we were thinking.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Barbara Smock
Date: 05 Oct 17 - 09:37 PM

I still have my £2 ticket. I thought (at the time) the Byrds sucked, but James Taylor made me melt... We had all been smoking of course - the air was thick with a sweet heavy smell. I married the guy I was with at the time and moved to America. I'll never forget that concert....


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Spider Maghee
Date: 17 Sep 17 - 08:09 AM

Arrived at the site on Friday night, parked up in a field and walked into the village to find a pub. Mission accomplished we were having a few beers while some guy was abusing a piano in the corner. Then a group of Hells Angels walked in and Altamont sprang immediately to mind. One of them announced that his mate could actually play the piano and would we mind awefully if they entertained us. The whole pub ended up singing Rock N'Roll songs. Probably my favourite memory of a great weekend although the Byrds blasting into So You Want To Be A Rock & Roll Star is a close second.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 03 Sep 17 - 04:23 PM

The order of appearance, listed above, certainly isn't correct.
Ralph McTell did open the show but Buffy st Marie appeared very late in the show.
I'm tempted to say that she was the penultimate act with Carthy/Swarbrick closing proceedings.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Descartes
Date: 03 Sep 17 - 03:09 PM

I was there in 1971, with a couple of uni mates.

We travelled up by train from Cambridge, and walked to the festival site from Lincoln - and back again the following day.

And I recently discovered that my sister-in-law's partner of the last 4 years was also there - probably sitting next to us. He unearthed his own copy of the programme.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 07 Sep 16 - 02:06 PM

Thanks Rob....


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: Rob Naylor
Date: 07 Sep 16 - 10:23 AM

Georgiansilver (2014)....Yes, the Great Western Festival was a different one, the following year (1972). I was there.

There was a Folk Tent, and I remember Harvey Andrews and Anne Briggs performing there.

Main stage was bands such as Focus, Nazareth, Wishbone Ash, Joe Cocker, The Beach Boys, Rory Gallagher and loads more. Not much folk there!


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: Bonzo3legs
Date: 07 Sep 16 - 09:35 AM

Wasn't there but can listen to Sandy Denny's set!!


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Paul Richard Sheridan
Date: 07 Sep 16 - 06:41 AM

I was there.Fantastic...I remember seeing topless girls as well as al the acts. I remember wishing I was James Taylor! So memorable. I went with Graham Drew and David Smith = all of us from Grimsby.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST
Date: 21 Mar 16 - 11:09 AM


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Pavane
Date: 30 Nov 15 - 09:58 AM

I was there too. Drove a group of friends from a club - I think it was the Herga. Never to be forgotten! Never thought much of James Taylor before, but he was GOOD. And Buffy and Sonny and Brownie stand out in my memory. It was the only time I ever saw Sandy Denny, too.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Jonny Soprano
Date: 03 Nov 15 - 06:46 AM

Missed most of the festival because of work. Dashed to the site just as the crowd was departing. Felt like i had let a little piece of history slip through my fingers.
Found a pub close by where i guy gave me a copy of the programme called :A Concert Of Contemporary And Traditional Folk Music. Still in excellent condition.
I was 20 years old and thought i new everything. I'm 65 this coming Saturday. Where did it all go?


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Sue
Date: 04 Oct 15 - 01:27 PM

Still have fond memories of this festival. Travelled from south London, staying in Nottingham with friends before cadging a lift with them to Lincoln. Little did I realise that eight years later I would be offered a job here and have stayed ever since! Amazed how so many people fitted into the field at Tupholme Manor as it seems quite small and isolated now. A great event - happy days!


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Eliza
Date: 04 Sep 15 - 12:29 PM

Just found this thread, prompted to look up Tupholme Manor after my program from the festival turned up in a box of memorabilia. Hadn't thought about it in a long time! I'm from the States and was backpacking through England at what I now (as a grandmother) think is a shockingly young age. I remember best Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and the Byrds. No memory of Buffy St. Marie, but the latrines were vividly etched in memory so maybe that's where I was when she was on stage. Though I don't look back on my youth as a golden era, I'm glad to have been able to see so many whose music I still love and listen to.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,derek
Date: 12 Aug 15 - 09:54 AM

I remember sitting in the "parcel" section of the train back from Lincoln with the Incredibles!


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Bill Hornsby
Date: 30 Jul 15 - 04:27 PM

Just found this thread while looking for the reprint poster now on sale. Yep - I was there. Went with a load of mates . Train from Darlington to Lincoln then the organised bus to the site. Remember Lots of the acts - Buffy was great but Sonny and Brownie were the most memorable to me. I'm afraid I was a bit vague (must have been the No6(?) about Sandy Denny and James Taylor - well I was there so I must have seen them . Was there until the early hours but me and my mates got split up on way out. I managed to get that bus (after a long wait) into Lincoln. Remember a church was open for people to crash in and bumped into one of the lads then train back home that morning. How the hell i hadnt lost the ticket I dont know. Yeh those toilets were basic (no portaloos in those days kids!!). I've read all of the above so thanks for the 40+ year old memories folks.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Les Owen
Date: 09 Jul 15 - 04:12 PM

P.s. If my memory serves me well (thanks Dylan) Steeleye Span were late on stage so Tim Hart and Maddy Prior did two or three on their own. Didn't go down too well.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,les owen
Date: 09 Jul 15 - 03:56 PM

I went with Bob Fox. Bob now knows all the artistes (just about). What a day!!! My lasting memories are of Sonny and Brownie, Buffy and Martin Carthy/Dave Swarbrick. It was either Melody Maker or NME that reported about fans shouting out their favourites to Martin C and Dave S late at night. That was me and Bob. Took us Sunday and half Monday to hitch home in sweltering weather. Halcyon Days.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Dave Evardson
Date: 18 Mar 15 - 05:30 PM

I should remember it well. Coming home on the coach (courtesy of Liam Duffy & Grimsby's Black Swan Folk Club) I sat next to Julie & the rest is history (we're still together 43 years later). Other acts I recall: Steeleye Span, Tim Hardyn, Tom Paxton. All a hazy memory but very very special.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Kenny Goodman
Date: 23 Sep 14 - 10:02 AM

Great day, travelled from Manchester,I remember all the line up especially sonny terry and brownie McGee who were excellent, a magical time !!!!


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Peter Kievenaar
Date: 14 Sep 14 - 07:10 AM

We are going to see James Taylor next month at The Royal Albert Hall; this has brought back fond memories, as I remember going to the Lincoln Folk Festival, but had forgotten what year it was. 1971- 43 years ago- I can hardly believe it! One of the highlights for me was The Byrds- fantastic stuff!
I remember a shower of rain in the afternoon, and some people went to shelter. We were able to get virtually right up to the stage, meaning I was a matter of feet away when James Taylor came on. Of all the concerts I have been to, James Taylor's set stands out- relaxed, fantastic vocally, and a wonderful guitarist.
Great to read all the other comments here- it has brought it all to life again!


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,raymond j martin aka Snowie
Date: 24 Jul 14 - 03:54 AM

Forty-three years ago today was a Saturday, I had the weekend off from work. At the time I worked for Plessey Telecommunications as a wireman. This weekend was special, my girlfriend Eileen was away on holiday with her parents, and I had a ticket for the Tupholme Folk Festival in Bardney near Lincoln. The ticket for the one day festival cost £2-00p., what a price. Go to a concert today, I am next month, a minor act, and the tickets were on sale for EUR 38,50 that's £30 for a two hour concert. The times they are a changing!
In Bardney that day 43 years ago the sun was shining, the atmosphere was peaceful and calm and the music phenomenal. There were three highlights which I remember: Buffy St. Marie, a Cree Indian she sang so beautifully; if my memory serves me right she had a very husky voice and her songs were stories. Listen to the song Soldier Blue
The next highlight was the late coming group The Byrds. They started with an acoustic song (the whole festival was under the motto acoustic folk music); after that as an intro, they said something like "And this is what you wanted to hear" and exchanged their acoustic instruments for electric. The crowd went wild but the abided by the motto and went back to playing unplugged.
Most amazing was the performance of James Taylor. He was so cool and sang the crowd nearly into sleep; I've never seen so many people laid-back singing along with the songs. It was indescribable!
One more thing, if anyone who is reading was at the festival: Do you remember the Meeting Tree? I don't know why, but when I think of the festival the big oak tree at the end of the field always comes to my mind. Wasn't that a great festival? It was the best I have ever been to.
Today I posted this story on my Blog:
http://my-daily-banana.blogspot.de/


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,oggie
Date: 03 Jun 14 - 08:45 AM

Two different festivals.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 03 Jun 14 - 02:15 AM

Perhaps it was a different Festival........ I don't remember it being called The Great Western either!


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 03 Jun 14 - 02:13 AM

Photos of GW Festival...    Did we get the year wrong? It says 1972.... I'm sure it was 1971!!!


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,kev liverpool
Date: 02 Jun 14 - 05:51 PM

Just found this site. I was at this as a 15year old having hitched down from liverpool by myself. During the byrds and James Taylor I climbed up the scaffolding on the left of the stage to watch the music, ending up being closest to some of the greatest live music i`ve ever heard in my life. Enjoyed this festival immensely and hitch hiked back with a lovely girl who was a couple of years older than me. Was dropped off at kirkby by the driver who whisked her off into central liverpool. Would love to know if anyone has photos of the stage during those sets in case I can spot myself.


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Subject: !!!!
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 30 May 14 - 04:38 PM

It's time this thread disappeared for good....... I was YOUNG then.... in my twenties!!!! STOP IT!!!!!!!!


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST
Date: 30 May 14 - 01:39 AM

thats great -- just seen your message-- have you still got flyer if so i can give you my address dave


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Mike Winters
Date: 18 Mar 14 - 03:46 PM

Hitched from Southport with my girlfriend and ex-girlfriend (It was 1971 after all). Got to within a mile of the festival site when some guy in a min-van run into us on the road and knocked us all into a ditch. He took us into a building (probably Tupholme Manor Hall) and we were taken from there to Lincoln Hospital where I spent the night having X-Rays. Managed to get to the festival early next morning, fell asleep and was awoken by the sound check of an Alice Coltrane record (I think, Great day, great weather - loved the Byrds. Took all Sunday to get back home.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,iriscot 53
Date: 28 Jan 14 - 04:52 AM

GREAT TO LEAVE A FEW MEMORIES OF THIS GREAT FESTIVAL THE BYRDS SET WAS BRILLIANT TAYLOR WAS MAGIC AND RALPH MCTELL SINGING THE STREETS OF LONDON WITH EVERYONE JOINING IN I WILL NEVER FORGET.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 24 Jan 14 - 03:08 PM

I was there! Ralph McTell opened the show.
I too, was very impressed with Buffy Saint Marie.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Mick Gough
Date: 24 Jan 14 - 02:09 PM

I was working at the time as a Volunteer at Hothorpe Hall in Northamptonshire- an ecumenical conference centre. A Transit full of us went Warren and Ray from US, Maria from Sweden, Eeva and Laura from Finland, Harald originally from East Germany and then from Nottingham, Elizabeth, Harry and myself from England. At the time Walk On was popular with us so to see and hear Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee was brilliant. I can als remember James Taylor rebuking photographers saying somthing like "after the first one they're all the same, man" .

Anway great great day and a fabulous snog with Maria in a collapsed tent whilst Pentangle were on !


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Deb
Date: 12 Jan 14 - 02:01 PM

That summer of 1971, the Canadian government arranged for summer jobs in foreign countries for university students - the only qualification was that you had to speak the language, so I applied for England and got a position as an office temp in London. In July some of my new friends were going to a music festival in Lincolnshire and one of the guys borrowed his grandmother's Mercedes and off we went - my memory is fuzzy after 42 years. I remember we had some trouble finding the place but eventually we did and enjoyed the show from a great distance. I remember most Ralph McTell, the Incredible String Band, and Sandy Denny alone on the stage with a piano. And people dancing round a bonfire, not far from the stage. I think we left before it was over and drove for a while before setting up a couple of pup tents in s field near the road. In the morning I heard the sound of a horse approaching and when I clambered out, there was a girl in the saddle, who politely asked if we wanted to come to the house for breakfast. At that time not that many rural Brits had much exposure to North Americans, and colonial accents were quite exotic so my friends made me do the talking. It was an ancient farm house with exposed beams and a family pleased to have caught some of the hippies from the concert. They joked I remember about not enough loaves and fishes in the village for the crowd. What a time! O to be 20 again...


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Frank
Date: 04 Jan 14 - 07:16 PM

Don't recall who I went with, how I got there (or back) - alls I remember is the wondrous James Taylor - his perfect music floating over the field - and the balmy warmth of that evening. I think we decided to make tracks after his set. I'd have surely had the Byrds etched in my brain. Thanks to all those reminiscensers who still have such vivid impressions of that wonderful day.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Rockinjan
Date: 31 Dec 13 - 07:06 AM

i bumped into Tim Hardin's manager who took me to the area behind the stage and introduced me to most of the musicians. I remember in particular saying hello to Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee and to Tim Hardin.
I was offered a ride back to London in their limo but wanted to here the Birds so was given a pass and sat under the stage to hear an acoustic set by the Birds!! one of the best days of my life!!
I still have a signed poster of the day


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,jah pensioner
Date: 05 Dec 13 - 04:17 PM

I was there too - as said by everybody, it was a great lineup. Tim Hardin was pretty good, with a very 'jazzy' sound, and an excellent ellectric pianist in his band. The Byrds were everything I hoped for, as was James Taylor and Dion, whose 'albums' I owned then.
I only ever went to 3 festivals in the UK, IOW, Hollywood [with the Dead & Mungo Jerry] and Lincoln - all were brilliant.....


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: The Sandman
Date: 29 Sep 13 - 03:32 AM

They dont book them like that anymore.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Rob Oxberry
Date: 28 Sep 13 - 06:06 AM

Remember a great time with girlfriend Pat life was simple and fun I remember the dead tree and many people who couldn't find the way back to their friends and when it was over sleeping in a church hall good times


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: Georgiansilver
Date: 18 Aug 13 - 05:56 PM

1971 TUPHOLME FOLK FESTIVAL

On a bright and sunny Saturday, 24th July 1971, Frederick Bannister Productions Ltd, staged a very successful concert of 'Contemporary and Traditional Folk Music', at Tupholme Manor Park.
Trains and coaches were overwhelmed with travellers attending this one-day festival. Hudson's Bus Company and Pilgrim Tours were operating a shuttle service from Lincoln station.
The crowd was estimated at 60,000, by Bill Hardy, the local farmer on whose land the event was held, with visitors from as far as Australia and New Zealand.
Tickets for the day were £2-00p.
The list of UK and American artists included:
Buffy Sainte Marie
Dave Swarbrick and Martin Carthy
Dion
Incredible String Band
James Taylor
Pentangle
Ralph McTell
Sandy Denny
Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee
Steeleye Span
The Byrds
Tim Hardin
Tom Paxton (did not attend)
The Byrds, who arrived late, by surprise, were going to play an acoustic set, but because of the fantastic way they went down playing electric at the previous year's Bath Festival, they again stole the show by being the only band to play an electric set, on the day.
It was described as a very successful, trouble-free event.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,gordon
Date: 18 Aug 13 - 05:19 PM

Dave,

two years later, yes i have a flyer. How do I send it to you?


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: The Sandman
Date: 13 Apr 13 - 01:18 PM

glad to hear it, bill, hope you till sleep out occasionally under a sheet.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Bill Geddes.
Date: 13 Apr 13 - 08:37 AM

I was 29 and was with a girl I met after my marriage broke down. We had a wonderful time! I remember the Byrds were billed as doing "an acoustic set" but when they came on they burst into "Do you wanna be a Rock n Roll Star" & they were electric, blew me away.I remember CSN being played over the PA, The canvas round the toilets falling down. We did not have a tent and at nightime it pissed down so we slept under a sheet of plastic. We are still together.......


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Nov 12 - 09:12 PM

Found this programme on Facebook, it seems to be public. The caption with it reads: "The 1971 Lincoln Folk Festival at Tupholme Manor Park is fairly legendary - the running order from the programme should give some idea why. The Byrds were billed for an acoustic set which they did at sunset. The sun had just gone down when they came back electric for their encore and did an incredible extended Eight Miles High while campfires lit up all over the site…My enduring memories other than the great music and awful toilets are of mercifully being able to escape to the back stage area - where Tim Hardin was being dissuaded from trying to fly out of an upstairs window of the manor house, and of Tom Paxton making a grand entry in a white limo, with manager Joe Lustig, and a fur coated, mini-skirted "model" on either arm - to universal disinterest. "


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Andy Hiles
Date: 09 Nov 12 - 06:44 PM

So Sandy Denny was on the bill - I couldn't remember among so many acts. Everyone who was anyone was there. Can't remember how I got there or back from SouthLondon, but I do recall James Taylor saying it was cold on stage but not to send up any of the bonfires sprouting around the site. My goodness it was anarchic, but don't recall any aggro. The loos were indescribable - I had a sheltered life and soggy plywood over a chasm was life changing. Hardly any food vendors, and an announcement at one point that the organisers had asked the vendors to keep the prices down (cheers).
One of those special moments. Fantastic.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Simon Welburn
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 02:34 PM

I went to this, Though James Taylor was advertise I do not remember him singing, a few seem to remember him so he must have. The Byrds were a late addition to the bill and performed last after Buffy. Rev 'Blind' Gary Davis did not do the gig at Bardney.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Malcolm Casey
Date: 27 Aug 12 - 02:55 AM

Hi Guys greeting from South Africa.
I remember this festivel very well.I was 19.
I was living in West Hartlepool and we whent to the local pub and there was a bus half full going to a festival.
Two thirds pissed thought why not.So me and my might got on the bus.
It was about 11 on the Friday Night.
By the time the bus got to Lincoln it was more than full.Picked up people on the way
Rember Ralph Mactell Strrets of London, The Birds were out of this world also liked tom Paxton.
However the best was Buffy St Marie. She dressed in full Indian Dress she was stunning.
When she started to sinf soldier blue the whols crowed went mad.
Remeber the long drop toilets food stalls which were few and far between.
I rember there was a music magazine there as well not NME it was another magazine.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Ianzblues
Date: 04 Aug 12 - 12:23 PM

Does anyone remember Rev. Gary Davis being at this event? It is listed on his itinerary for that tour, but none of the recollections posted here include him.


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,trainspotter 52
Date: 26 Jun 12 - 06:19 AM

I was 22 and a graduate trainee at British Steel in Corby. We been out for our normal friday night session when someone mentioned this folk festival tomorrow at Lincoln. So following morning with hangovers we pile into a car and head up the A1 towards Lincoln Can remember getting lost a couple of times ( no sat navs then) and arriving just as the show started. I remember the Byrds coming on and playing an acoustic opening then announcing to the audience that it was supposed to be an acoutic festival "well Fuck that" and went into an incredible electric set. Other stand out sets for me were Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee; James Taylor and Buffy Saint Marie. It was certainly the greatest one day festival that I'd been to before or since. Sitting playing * miles high brings it all back


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,Greg
Date: 07 Mar 12 - 05:18 AM

I was 17, in the lower sixth. I have no idea how it came together,but I went to Lincoln with Wendy and Joy, friends from school in Wendy's dad's Austin. I recall driving it into the field where we parked and almost getting stuck. I think I remember the tree, but really only two things stick out in my memory: Meeting James Taylor who was a hero of mine at the time, talking for a little while, then asking for his autograph, knowing how crass it sounded, and he said 'you know what a pile of crap this is'. Didn't I know it! The other is of the Byrds (more heroes) crashing into 'So you want to be a rock and roll star' under the lights. I was a bit of a folkie, but at that point I knew where I was going next. I wish I could say great memories, but they're really only mental snapshots - scenarios, after 40 odd years


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Subject: RE: 'Lincoln' Folk festival July 1971
From: GUEST,dennis poole
Date: 08 Feb 12 - 09:59 AM

Having just purchased Grateful Dead at Bickershaw CD I browsed for Lincoln '71 and came up with this forum. I recall the occasion far better than the music itself. I was just 18 and my brother had recently graduated. We were at a loose end and so decided to hitch from St.Helens to Lincoln. We set off from Windle Island on the A580 and after ages got stuck on the Mancunian Way. I will always remember the guy who picked us up in his mini and took us all the way to Lincoln via Sheffield. We got to the site in pitchblack and found a campfire to try and bed down only to be kept awake by some freak complaning about a lack of tatties on the fire. Call yourselves Hippies he kept saying. Entering the arena was a bit disconcerting due to the signs saying "beware of Adders." I recall the loo's as a bit long, deep trench. We met up with some girlfriends of mine, Val and Helen, who had been pea picking near Wisbech. We had really gone to see The Byrds and I recall they did an electric set, but had completely forgotten about James Taylor. If I had I would have dined out on the fact I'd seen him at the start of his career! Getting home was a similar adventure, involving coaches to Manchester and getting the first train back to St.Helens Junction and then a bus back home. However, the funniest moment was trying to negotiate a way out of the arena. I stumbled over someone's legs and in putting my hand down to stop my fall I ended up walloping some poor guy in the nuts. Even though it was dark I can still recall him jacknifing and the sound of him exhaling with a resounding oooooofffff still makes me laugh some 40 years later. Little things, little things!!


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