Villagers man goes solo at Cambridge Folk Fest

Villagers frontman Conor O'Brien treated Cambridge Folk Festival to a stripped down acoustic set on a warm sunday evening at the city event, Patrick Burke reports.

Opening with a solo version of ‘That Day‘, with only his acoustic guitar to back him, he was then joined by Villagers pianist Cormac Curran for tracks such as ‘Ship Of Promises‘ and ‘The Pact‘ from the 2010 Mercury-nominated album ‘Becoming A Jackal‘.

You might recognise some of these, and some of them you might not,” O’Brien told fans before reworking tracks such as ‘Pieces‘ into minimalist renditions for this performance.

Also included was new material such as ‘Beatitudes’, which O’Brien claimed was an attempt to write happy songs after all the “hate” that went into his first record.

The crowd listened in hushed reverence throughout, with ‘To Be Counted Among Men‘ in particular greeted with warm applause at its conclusion.