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« Reply #20 on: August 12, 2018, 08:16:39 PM »


I've seen them play acoustic before and it was nothing like that tosh. The guy sitting next to me said that wasn't The Levellers and my camping neighbour, a big Levellers fan, called it pretentious twaddle.


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« Reply #21 on: August 12, 2018, 08:21:34 PM »



I've seen them play acoustic before and it was nothing like that tosh. The guy sitting next to me said that wasn't The Levellers and my camping neighbour, a big Levellers fan, called it pretentious twaddle.


Was there anything you liked this year Nick?


Well he liked Al Stewart and is clearly a man with great taste.
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« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2018, 08:45:41 PM »

Utter self-indulgence and tosh. What I expect from headliners is headline music. This was mostly lift music and that despite some fabulous musicians on the stage.
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« Reply #23 on: August 12, 2018, 08:50:13 PM »


I remember De Danaan sitting down and I think John Martyn but any other headliners.


I think John Martyn had a pretty good excuse for sitting down ... wasn't he just about to have a leg amputated?
That performance (his music, not the amputation) remains one of my great Cropredy memories.
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« Reply #24 on: August 12, 2018, 08:53:37 PM »

From Matt Savage on Facebook

"Thanks everyone for your kind words.
For everyone else I would like to add that we originally planned to do a full electric set but
Jeremy (our bass player) couldnít play this particular evening, for health reasons, so we agreed a solution that meant we could still play at cropredy instead of cancelling the show.
We did the best we could under difficult circumstances and Iím sorry some of you didnít enjoy it and feel the need to air your discontent so publicly without knowing the full facts.
Iím hoping you all had a good time at cropredy and the sun shone for you all.
Hats off to fairport and all the team for making people happy for all these years.
Much love x"
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« Reply #25 on: August 12, 2018, 08:55:26 PM »


From Matt Savage on Facebook

"Thanks everyone for your kind words.
For everyone else I would like to add that we originally planned to do a full electric set but
Jeremy (our bass player) couldnít play this particular evening, for health reasons, so we agreed a solution that meant we could still play at cropredy instead of cancelling the show.
We did the best we could under difficult circumstances and Iím sorry some of you didnít enjoy it and feel the need to air your discontent so publicly without knowing the full facts.
Iím hoping you all had a good time at cropredy and the sun shone for you all.
Hats off to fairport and all the team for making people happy for all these years.
Much love x"
People can know the full facts and still be disappointed.
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« Reply #26 on: August 12, 2018, 08:58:39 PM »


From Matt Savage on Facebook

"Thanks everyone for your kind words.
For everyone else I would like to add that we originally planned to do a full electric set but
Jeremy (our bass player) couldnít play this particular evening, for health reasons, so we agreed a solution that meant we could still play at cropredy instead of cancelling the show.
We did the best we could under difficult circumstances and Iím sorry some of you didnít enjoy it and feel the need to air your discontent so publicly without knowing the full facts.
Iím hoping you all had a good time at cropredy and the sun shone for you all.
Hats off to fairport and all the team for making people happy for all these years.
Much love x"


Did Jez become ill suddenly? If it was known earlier maybe we could have had an announcement somewhere (online or otherwise) that the group would be playing an acoustic set then at least we would have been a bit more prepared and maybe a bit more appreciative
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« Reply #27 on: August 12, 2018, 08:58:52 PM »

I really enjoyed the set - a different take on their tunes.

(Some people should be ashamed of themselves for being so rude)
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« Reply #28 on: August 12, 2018, 09:02:50 PM »

Is the Levellers music so complicated a proficient dep bassist couldn't be found?

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« Reply #29 on: August 12, 2018, 09:03:33 PM »


Is the Levellers music so complicated a proficient dep bassist couldn't be found?

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There were quite a few decent ones around, backstage.
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« Reply #30 on: August 12, 2018, 09:04:04 PM »


From Matt Savage on Facebook

"Thanks everyone for your kind words.
For everyone else I would like to add that we originally planned to do a full electric set but
Jeremy (our bass player) couldnít play this particular evening, for health reasons, so we agreed a solution that meant we could still play at cropredy instead of cancelling the show.
We did the best we could under difficult circumstances and Iím sorry some of you didnít enjoy it and feel the need to air your discontent so publicly without knowing the full facts.
Iím hoping you all had a good time at cropredy and the sun shone for you all.
Hats off to fairport and all the team for making people happy for all these years.
Much love x"

Isn't it down to the group to make known the facts?
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« Reply #31 on: August 12, 2018, 09:07:52 PM »

I think even if I'd known the facts, I still wouldn't have enjoyed the set much. I prefer the set at BD, when it is just the band without those strings.
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« Reply #32 on: August 12, 2018, 09:15:42 PM »

I'm not especially a fan but the part of the set that was broadcast on Radio Oxford was rather lovely. If it was all like that, I might be interested in investigating the recent album which I believe is all in this style?
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« Reply #33 on: August 12, 2018, 09:25:30 PM »


I'm not especially a fan but the part of the set that was broadcast on Radio Oxford was rather lovely. If it was all like that, I might be interested in investigating the recent album which I believe is all in this style?


Al - yes, it's all that style. It is a great record- took me a few listens, but some excellent stuff on there.
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« Reply #34 on: August 12, 2018, 09:36:00 PM »



I've seen them play acoustic before and it was nothing like that tosh. The guy sitting next to me said that wasn't The Levellers and my camping neighbour, a big Levellers fan, called it pretentious twaddle.


Was there anything you liked this year Nick?



Not a good year but I loved Oysterband , Brian Wilson, Travelling Band , Al Stewart, Sam Kelly and Merry Hell. Will that do ya?
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« Reply #35 on: August 12, 2018, 11:02:25 PM »

As someone who never really heard the Levellers or knows much about them I really liked what I heard.
I am all for bands trying out new things. And for me what I heard worked well.

I donĎt dance though so maybe thatĎs why....

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« Reply #36 on: August 13, 2018, 12:55:12 PM »

I think that the acoustic style did suck the energy out of some of the songs at the beginning of the set, but it improved as it went on, IMHO.  I'm not a huge fan of the Levellers, so I enjoyed hearing some of the songs in this style rather than full volume when you can't hear the words.  But given the weather, some jumping around might have been welcome too!
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« Reply #37 on: August 16, 2018, 07:12:26 PM »

I have seen the Levellers loads of times, and loved them. Even when the played the Bluebell Railway in their acoustic incarnation, they still had energy. This set lacked energy. Musically it was brilliant, and I would have enjoyed it in a concert hall, but I wanted to bounce. I accept it was inevitable due to illness, but I was disappointed.

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« Reply #38 on: August 17, 2018, 01:43:17 PM »


I have seen the Levellers loads of times, and loved them. Even when the played the Bluebell Railway in their acoustic incarnation, they still had energy. This set lacked energy. Musically it was brilliant, and I would have enjoyed it in a concert hall, but I wanted to bounce. I accept it was inevitable due to illness, but I was disappointed.

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« Reply #39 on: August 17, 2018, 02:06:01 PM »

I try and see the Levellers at least once a year and saw them perform this set at Bexhill a few weeks ago, I was I admit somewhat surprised when I saw them setting out the chairs and then performing the acoustic set as I was expecting, as indeed were many other a full fat festival set.

On the plus side the performance here was better than a few weeks ago, that was the last gig they performed at before Crop, as it now appears illness hit them and caused them to cancel the remainder of the planned performances.  I think its worthy of note that they felt strongly enough about Cropredy that they came and performed the set they did.

Personally I think the acoustic material is really strong and the album is well worth purchasing.

On the negative side I would tend to agree that the accepted line up and perform ace would have gone down much better on what was a increasingly chilly evening, and I think they would agree with that assessment.
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