Wednesday, June 24, 2020

The Glastonbury Acoustic Stage Playlist (1993 - 2019)


So, this is the day we would usually be heading down to Glastonbury to get set up at the Acoustic Stage for the weekend.

Sadly, this weekend, like everything else in the live music world, has been cancelled due to the Coronavirus 19.

The plan is to repeat the 2020 bill as fully as possible in 2021. We’d a brilliant bill lined up so that’s something to look forward to.

So, in the meantime, and in an attempt to fit in with the current celebrations, please see below a playlist picked from some of the top performances we’ve enjoyed over the years up at the Acoustic Stage

Based on memories of special performances. Sequenced from an airplay, and not a priority, perspective. (Honestly!)

1.   The Moody Blues (featuring Michael Eavis) - Questions

2.   The Waterboys – The Whole of The Moon

3.   Art Garfunkel (featuring the entire packed Acoustic Tent audience covering Paul Simon parts) - The Sounds of Silence

4.   The Bootleg Beatles – Something

5.   Keane – Somewhere Only We Go.

6.   Christy Moore – Beeswing

7.   Nick Lowe – Indian Queens

8.   Paul Carrack – Satisfy My Soul

9.   Proclaimers – Letter From America

10.                Suzanne Vega – Marlene On The Wall

11.                Sharon Shannon - Music on a Found Harmonium

12.                Joan Baez – Day After Tomorrow

13.                Ray Davies – Waterloo Sunset

14.                Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott - Rotterdam

15.                Lonnie Donegan – Rock Island Line

16.                Hothouse Flowers – Don’t Go

17.                Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames – Yeh Yeh

18.                Alan Price Set - Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear

19.                Tommy Stewart - Let You Go (best Demo of 2019)

20.                Lucy Rose - Shiver

21.                Portishead – Sour Times

22.                Penguin Café Orchestra – Music on a Found Harmonium


Please note this is a slightly different version than the list on the Glastonbury Website, which had to concentrate on Spotify versions of the songs.  I know, I know, and I agree with you that it’s a shame they don’t (yet) have the Moody Blues featuring Michael Eavis’s version of Questions on Spotify. Nor do they have The Acoustic Stage Audience filling in for the absent Paul Simon on Art Garfunkel’s version of The Sounds of Silence. A historic performance from Art and his special 6000-member choir on a historic night. Both of these one-night-only-performances can be viewed on YouTube, as can Tommy Stewart (2019’s best demo). Tommy is well worth checking out.

Big big thanks to Michael, Emily, Nick and the entire Glastonbury team for producing all the virtual activity to comfort us all over this weekend. We needed it.

Roll on June 2021.

Stay Safe



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