FIRST ACTS ANNOUNCED FOR 12TH DERBY FOLK FESTIVAL

Derby Folk Festival returns in 2018 for its twelfth year, right in the centre of Derby. Following the fantastic success of last year’s “best ever festival”, which was enjoyed by thousands, Derby LIVE is pleased to confirm that the twelfth Derby Folk Festival will take place from Thursday 4 to Sunday 7 October 2018.

The last Derby Folk Festival which took place in October 2017 reached more people than ever before, with record ticket sales for the event. Visitors came from across the country including Exeter, Leeds, Chester and Oxford, demonstrating the benefits of continuing to make Derby a vibrant place to visit.

This year, as well as the full weekend, Derby Folk Festival will also include a great evening concert on Thursday 4 October. Kicking the evening off and setting the mood for the night will be the amazing Zulu Tradition. From KwaZulu Natal to the world’s stage, rekindling the spark of Zulu culture and heritage through traditional drama, song and dance. Let the singing, dancing and nostalgia take hold and pretend you’re basking under the hot summer sun in Zimbabwe. Then led by the legendary Leeds-based troubadour Gary Stewart (Gary Stewart Band / Hope and Social) and backed his incredible 7-piece band, this spectacular group of musicians come together to recreate Paul Simon’s landmark Graceland album in all its glory.

Many exciting headlining acts have already been confirmed for a variety of venues in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter and with more still artists to be announced preparations are moving at a pace. Derby Folk Festival is jointly produced by Derby City Council’s Derby LIVE and Derbyshire-based PR Promotions.

Confirmed headline acts represent a broad spectrum of folk music, including Eliza Carthy and the Wayward Band, Lucy Ward Band, John Tams and Barry Coope, Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys and Daoirí Farrell Trio.

A fantastic set of venues throughout the Cathedral Quarter will continue to provide the perfect backdrop for the festival, including the rustic Old Bell Hotel, the City Marquee on the Market Place, Derby Cathedral and the Guildhall Theatre.

The festival will also include a host of free fringe events, dance acts, workshops and sessions, as well as an Arts and Craft Fair. These free events will be taking place in Derby City Centre, spreading the festival’s intoxicating atmosphere throughout the city and making sure the festival is available to everyone.

Councillor Amo Raju, Cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “Derby Folk Festival is one of the highlights of Derby’s thriving cultural calendar and hosting such a prominent festival contributes toward securing a strong future for the city, with visitors coming from across the UK and indeed the world. The twelfth Derby Folk Festival is set to be the best yet with fantastic venues, exciting acts, and entertainment for all with much more to be announced in the coming months.”

With the whole festival programme taking place in and around the city, it is perfectly placed for those arriving by either bus or train. Festival tickets are available and can be purchased through the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800 or online at derbylive.co.uk they can also be purchased at the Sales and Information Centre, Derby, DE1 3AH.

Early bird offers are now available for those who book weekend tickets before 30 April 2018 at a discounted rate of £80. Tickets for the whole weekend are £90 (adult), £50 (Students) and £20 (under 16’s) and are on sale now. Weekend tickets allow access to all events throughout Friday 5 to Sunday 7 October, with the Thursday 4 October evening concert being an add-on event (open to all, but at a special price to weekend ticket holders). Tickets to the concert on Thursday can be added to Derby Folk Festival Weekend tickets for just £10 (once you have logged in with your account after you have purchased the weekend ticket, the discount will apply automatically). Day and Evening tickets for those who can’t make the full weekend will be available to book online from 21 April 2018.

One of our favourites from the folking video archive from 2007…

COOPE BOYES & SIMPSON – Coda (No Masters NMCD48)

CodaSubtitled A Concluding Event, Coda marks the beginning of the end for Coope Boyes & Simpson. They’ll be playing some gigs next year to say farewell and individually and collectively they are involved in numerous projects so I doubt we’ve seen the last of them. It’s hard to credit but they are all grandfathers and have been together as a trio for a quarter of a century but if this really is the end of the road it’s a damn good way to go out.

Coda feels very much like a CBS retrospective made up entirely of new songs. Themes and styles are drawn from every aspect of their career. The opening track, ‘The Avenging Angel’ is a lyric by Jim Boyes set to the tune of ‘Palms Of Victory’ – old hymn tunes are never too far away and there is much borrowing of traditional tunes here. The subject is the succession of wars in the Middle East and the song has the fire in its belly that was evident on their first album, Funny Old World.

From recent projects come ‘From Hereabout Hill/May Song’ sung in the Michael Morpurgo show Where My Wellies Take Me – another blend of modern and traditional – and Boo Hewerdine’s ‘The Man That I Am’, re-recorded from The Ballads Of Child Migration. The unadulterated tradition gives us ‘Napoleon’s Dream’ and ‘Flandyke Shore’ and Jim Boyes twice refers back to traditional themes. The first is ‘The Drovers’ Way’, a celebration of the green lanes that were the chief routes for moving livestock. There is a suggestion at the end that when everything goes pants the green lanes will reappear. The second is ‘The Bright Ploughshare’ which sounds a bit like the mythical rural idyll also seems to carry a warning for the future.

The trio takes a similar view of the fishing industry in ‘Bound By The Fishing’, playfully working in the names of musicians up and down the east coast. Lester Simpson’s ‘Twilight Hunter’ deconstructs Stan Rogers’ ‘Northwest  Passage’ as he considers the fate of the Inuit who are now becoming a tourist attraction and considers mass migration in ‘If We Were Them’. It’s not all deadly serious, however, and CBS return to Michael Marra with his delightfully surreal ‘Frida Kahlo’s Visit To The Taybridge Bar’.

There is directness to this album which takes the listener back to Barry, Jim and Lester’s early days as a trio. They have done much more complicated things: The Peace Concerts, Christmas shows, the Great War presentations and perhaps the ultimate in traditional singing that was Triple Echo but here we have three voices with those unmistakable harmonies aided only by “The No Master’s Voices” and you can guess who they might be. Coda is a glorious finale to a long career.

Dai Jeffries

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‘Anthem For A Planet’s Children’ – live:

Coope Boyes And Simpson – final album and farewell tour

Coope Boyes And Simpson

In 1993, three blokes from South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, with a name like a firm of solicitors, released an album of acappella songs full of social comment and (in the words of Folk Roots) ‘harmonies you could chew’.

They were, of course, Coope Boyes and Simpson, and the album was Funny Old World. Q Magazine named it as their Roots Album of the Year in 1994.

Now, twenty three years later, with a career that has encompassed at least a dozen albums, numerous tours and festival appearances, as well as a Folk Awards nomination, Coope Boyes and Simpson are set to release what will be their final studio album.

Coda will be a collection of songs, mainly self-penned or drawn from the tradition, covering issues such as refugees, Iraq and climate change. With an anger undimmed, Coope Boyes and Simpson are returning to their roots and completing the circle that started with Funny Old World.

The album is set for a September 2016 release, and Coope Boyes and Simpson will be undertaking a UK tour in October and November, with an album launch at Musicport.

May 2017 will see Coope Boyes and Simpson embark on their farewell tour at venues throughout the UK. The tour will be a celebration of their career, and will feature material from across their entire repertoire.

Coope, Simpson, Fraser and Freya: Hark Hark

CSFFHark Hark – a festive feast to send you into Christmas with a feelgood factor. A rich mixture of old and new with a firm foundation of traditional Yorkshire and Derbyshire carols, the album is augmented by spicy instrumentals showing the links between carols and dance tunes, along with humour, original songs and joyful instrumentals.

Christmas comes but once a year, which means we only get one chance annually to see the Coope, Simpson, Fraser & Freya Christmas show – a pity, since the eclectic, funny, poignant and clever mixture would work even stripped of its seasonal theme. Luckily, they are releasing an album which captures the magic of the show.

Hark HarkThis is not just a bunch of folk with good voices belting out traditional carols. It’s a welcoming hotch-potch of stories, poetry and jokes threaded through with carolling and wassailing, both acapella and accompanied by a proper bagful of instruments, blown, plucked, bowed and struck.

The show is rich in the Variety tradition – there are various nods to music hall – and steeped in folk’s past and present, and the way the show veers effortlessly between solemnity and silliness makes it a wonderful, and wonderfully warm, winter night out.

My favourite, favourite Carol Singers, (Natalie Wheen, Classic FM)

Artist/Label website: www.nomasters.co.uk

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