Lee Rahn is a contemporary folk singer-songwriter from Somerset, currently based in London, studying for a BA Songwriting at the Institute. This summer he played 10 festival gigs, including Farm Fest, Lyme Folk Weekend and the Glastonbury Fringe festival, with his bassist and backing vocalist Ceri Jones.
The festival gigs started in June with Lee coming home to Somerset for Home Farm Festival. This was a small charity festival, but had an amazing selection of artists playing, particularly on the Folkroom Records stage. Lee played two sets in the afternoon, on the Lloyd Lounge and Avant Garde stages, which were both intimate settings, a great start to the festival season.
Farm Fest was a real highlight of the summer, Lee played on the Saturday but stayed for the whole weekend. The festival was set in a beautiful location and had an amazing communal atmosphere, which made it a joy to play.
August was full of road trips, one weekend in Cornwall for the folk festival, and the next weekend, playing a string of 5 gigs in Lyme Regis, Burnham-on-sea and Worcester. This gave Lee and Ceri a small taste of life on the road, and they both agreed was the best few gigs they played together over the summer.
On reflection, Lee and Ceri had a great experience playing their first festival slots together, and it has motivated them to work hard on the debut EP, and add a drummer to the live line up, in order to play even bigger gigs next year.