Folk Festival to feature stellar cast of stars

Seth Lakeman
Seth Lakeman

The organisers of Beverley Folk Festival have announced a comprehensive line-up for this year’s event.

As the event, which will be held on 18, 19, 20 and 21 June enters its third year, tickets are selling well as a stellar cast of stars are revealed.

Bootleg Beatles

Bootleg Beatles

The festival kicks off on the Thursday night with a special launch event featuring the Bootleg Beatles, complete with an orchestra. They will be performing the classic tunes from Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Break Club Band.

Other headliners set to play at Beverley Racecourse are the alternative band Hayseed Dixie from the heart of the Appalachian Mountains in the USA; Mercury Prize nominated, New-Folk artist Seth Lakeman; and legendary songwriters from England and Scotland, Ralph McTell plus Barbara Dickson and Rab Noakes.

Scottish band the Peatbog Faeries also make a welcome return, bringing their own brand of 21st century Celtic dance music to the weekend.

Guitar maestro Martin Simpson will perform with his new trio featuring Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr, and from overseas the festival welcomes back from the USA the hugely popular Curtis Eller with his American Circus, and from Australia the highly entertaining duo Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson. Hat Fitz is a veteran wild man of the blues scene in Australia and is expected to be a huge success.

Chris Wade, director of the festival said: “We are really pleased with the line-up.

“We are delighted with the headliners we have got so far. Ralph McTell and Barbara Dickson will deliver a great finale concert on the Sunday night, and The Bootleg Beatles will be perfect for the extra concert on Thursday night. They are very popular and put on a great show.

“A lot of the artists love coming to the festival. Obviously with the bigger names it is always difficult to get them as they have so many other commitments and some don’t know where they will be so far in advance, so it’s fantastic to get them.

“Seth Lakeman and Hayseed Dixie are excellent acts and with the amount of talent on show we think the festival will be the best yet.”

As always the festival plays host to some of the best of young artists from around the country with BB C Radio 2 Folk Award winners; Greg Russell and Kiaran Algar joining forces with the Mischa Macphearson Trio to form a new, young, all star group The Tweed Project. Other award winners include Lucy Ward and Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin. For some 20s Swing Rob Heron and The Tea Pad orchestra bring a sense of authenticity with some great music.

The festival bosses have yet to release the comedy and literature artists.

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