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The Left Field at Loxfest raises the Red Flag over Borsetshire
With the news that the Pet Shop Boys were a late addition to the main stage at the Loxfest, a Loxley Hall in Ambridge, Borsetshire, the Ambridge Socialist Left Field, unreported by mainstream media, also drew crowds at the event.
Billy Bragg, who is in the US, sent a message of support on twitter drawing attention to the resistance of agricultural workers from Borchester to Dorset, ‘Remember the Tolpiddle Martyrs’.
The Left Field was opened on Friday afternoon with Joe Grundy singing his unique Borsetshire version of the Red Flag.
The up and coming Americana band, the Borsetshire Levellers, featuring Jazzer McCreary on milk crates, was a big hit.
Saturday saw Lynda Snell perform her rarely heard renditions of traditional Borsetshire llama songs, which have been compared to Kate Bush in terms of their musical idiosyncracies.
Also sparking interest on Saturday in the Left Field marquee was a talk by David Archer on the roofs of Ambridge.
Ambridge Socialist Editor Keith Flett said, obviously the Left Field is an established thing at Glastonbury and this isn’t on the same scale. Even so we are pleased to bring the message of radical music, culture and politics to Loxfest
The line-up for the Left Field at LoxFest:
Joe Grundy sings his Borsetshire rendition of the Red Flag
Bert Fry reads poems from the rural proletariat
Jill Archer speaks on Wihelm Reich and the politics of the Radio 4 orgasm
The Professor speaks on why religion is wrong
Eddie Grundy sings As Soon As This Pub Closes..(the revolution starts)
Pat Archer speaks on organics & neo-liberal in Borsetshire
Lynda Snell sings traditional Borsetshire llama ballads
A month in Ambridge
Radio review: A month in Ambridge
Scandal has hit Loxfest, putting the lineup in doubt – but at least Kirstie Allsopp is still on the bill. Lord knows what Jill and Roy are likely to get up to out in the field, though
The Guardian, Tuesday 19 August 2014
I was waiting for The Archers omnibus on Sunday, as you do, when Jill Archer popped up in the preceding programme, Broadcasting House, nicely sandwiched between an admiral and an Arab journalist. After reviewing the papers, they were tested on their punctuation by a proper professor, who asked their opinion on Molly Bloom’s soliloquy from Ulysses: “I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.”
“Good orgasm,” said Jill Archer instantly. Crisp as a biscuit.
Radio takes its life in its hands with old ladies. They are apt to come right out with it.
Ambridge has a rich motherlode of old ladies. June Spencer, who plays Peggy Woolley, is 94; Patricia Greene, who plays Jill Archer, is 83. “So many old faces!” as Eleanor Bron said with more truth than tact on her arrival in Ambridge, as Carol Tregorran. Miss Bron is 76. All soaps are matriarchies. The testosterone-fuelled shouting in The Bull (“‘e called me a yokel!” “‘e what? I’d ‘ave punched ‘is lights out!”) and the bellowing of Otto, a real bull (“He’s certified fertile”), are just noises off.
Meanwhile, over at Loxfest, Troy Sturn, the dyslexic lead singer of the big attraction, has had his collar felt for hitting his girlfriend. “A women-only group has pulled out!” Well, that’s a blessing, at least. Added Loxfest attractions, beside Troy hitting people, will be Fallon serving “fair-trade-and-all-that on vintage crockery”, as recommended by Television’s Kirstie Allsopp; Jolene – Ambridge’s answer to Dolly Parton – and ‘arrison Burns, the singing detective, giving Golden Ring plenty of welly; Susan’s eye-catching new hairdo by Fabrice of Felpersham; and the Borchester Echo stirring it as usual (“You know what journalists are like!”).
We also know that Elizabeth, the lady of the manor, and Roy, the hired hand, are not safe around each other at music festivals, so brace yourselves for a Jill Archer. As it is now known in the trade.
• A Month in Ambridge will return on 17 September