Weald & Downland Living Museum announce their Summer Sessions festival

Summer SessionsThe Weald & Downland Living Museum is a 40 acres site set in the heart of the South Downs National Park. New for 2019 is a full programme of outdoor music, theatre and cinema. Closing the summer will be the Weald & Downland’s very own music festival – The Summer Sessions. Think Americana, think Roots, think folk, think rock and everything in between, all brought together in perfect harmony with the beauty of the Weald to create the perfect festival vibe. Three bands headline each night with a mix of established and up and coming bands so something to revel in and something to discover!

Line Up – Friday 30 Aug

Summer Sessions
Fate The Juggler

Silver Threads
Silver Threads are classic country, straight out of Tennessee with a Sussex twist. Come for a night with Loretta, Cash, Anderson, Dolly, Connie, Ray Price and Buck to name a few!

Mantic Muddlers
Infectious grooves and raucous melodies with a rich history in Roots music are what you’ll find with the Muddlers.

Fate The Juggler
A project eight years in the making, Fate merge folk and rock, acoustic and electric with an indie flavour to create an uplifting sound all their own.

Line Up – Saturday 31 August

Summer Sessions
The Ed Goodale Band

Brogue
A true foot tapper of a band – enjoy Irish folk of the very best with this Sussex-based trio. Expect a lively night with jigs, reels and traditional tunes to get you on your feet.

Monkey See Monkey Do
Self-described as ‘folk-ish from the Southampton urban jungle’, this four-piece band take influence from everything from bluegrass to Irish trad.  Expect strong vocals, expert violin, clarinet and even the odd kazoo!

The Ed Goodale Band
Described by Radio 2’s Bob Harris as ‘folk-rock at its very best‘, The Ed Goodale band bring high energy to their set with virtuoso guitars and driving bass mixed with thought provoking lyrics and catchy riffs. Expect a barn-storming finish to the Summer Sessions

Tickets price

Special Offer:  2 for 1 tickets using the code FOLKING for both the Friday and Saturday night concerts.

£15 adult
£12 child (up to 15 yrs old)

*Ticket prices per night.

Order via the museum website: www.wealddown.co.uk/summerseason

Over The Hill in Oxfordshire

Over The Hlll

The beautiful Oxfordshire countryside is destined to become immersed in the world of Amerciana this Summer, at the first-ever Over the Hill festival. Proudly presented by local promoters, Glovebox Live, Over the Hill festival will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August at the picturesque Cogges Manor Farm. With plenty of opportunities to delve into the Americana experience with authentic American food and bars, Over the Hill festival will also be featuring intimate performances from some of the finest live Americana acts in the UK today, on two stages housed in beautiful tithe barns: Line up includes; Danny & The Champions of the World, William the Conqueror, Naomi Bedford & Paul Simmonds (The Men They Couldn’t Hang) with The Ramshackle Band, Trevor Moss & Hannah-Lou, The Black Feathers, Paul McClure, Ags Connolly and The Niall Kelly Band.

The festival will be proudly sponsored by local, award-winning brewer Wychwood Brewery, who will be providing thirst-quenching beverages such as the refreshing Shipyard IPA. In addition, Over the Hill festival will feature authentic American food from vendors such as The Burn Out BBQ and Fat Lil’s who will be providing a selection of Mexican and vegetarian cuisine. There will also be the chance to discover the whole of the Cogges Museum site. The site is easy to access, family friendly and has lots of free parking.

About The Headliners 

Danny & the Champions of the World

Over The Hill

Winners of UK Artists of the Year, UK Album of the Year and UK song of the Year at the 2016 UK Americana Awards, Danny & The Champions of the World are one of the UK’s favourite Americana acts. They are fronted by Danny Wilson (formerly of Grand Drive) and have drawn comparisons to The Band and George Harrison from their distinct alt-country folk style.

William the Conqueror

Over The Hill

Having shared the stage with the likes of Van Morrison and Ethan Johns, thumping Southern rock, Americana band William the Conqueror are a band of extraordinary musical diversity. Praised for their grit and authenticity by the likes of The Guardian and NPR’s Ann Powers, they made their mark by reaching #14 in the Independent Album Chart with their latest album, Bleeding on the Soundtrack. The trio and amplify their sonic power through their stunning performances.

The Black Feathers

Over The Hill

With their debut EP being listed as one of the best Folk albums of 2014 by The Telegraph, husband and wife duo, The Black Feathers, are another fantastic roots music act. Perfectly conjuring a fresh blend of folk and Americana, The Black Feathers have been able to perform alongside artists such as Ray Davies and Eddi Reader.

Read Darren Beech’s interview feature with Paul Simmonds and Naomi Bedford here.

About the Promoter

Glovebox Live http://www.gloveboxlive.uk/gig/over-the-hill/ are a West Oxfordshire-based music promotions company who have promoted many magical events that have featured the likes of Hunter & The Bear, Stone Foundation and Glenn Tilbrook from Squeeze. Moreover, they have also curated the Hobgoblin Stage at Wychwood Festival, the Truck Store / Rapture stage at The Riverside Festival and started their own record label.

Over the Hill festival will take place on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August.

Tickets are available online via We Got Tickets https://www.wegottickets.com/event/462974 and SEE Tickets as well as locally from Rapture in Witney and Truck Strore in Oxford for £30

 

 

More acts announced for Towersey 2019

Towersey Festival 2019

Newton Faulkner and Bruce Foxton’s From The Jam are among the latest line-up additions announced for the 55th Towersey Festival (23-26 August 2019, Oxfordshire).

They’ll be joining previously revealed acts The Selecter, Hothouse Flowers, Seth Lakeman, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, Fisherman’s Friends, Oysterband, and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

The festival has also revealed the artists booked for the very special tribute concert dedicated to the memory of the late folk singer and activist Roy Bailey. These include Tom Robinson, Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and John Kirkpatrick.

Having previously visited the festival in 2017, Newton Faulkner’s return coincides with the release of his new album The Best Of … So Far, which spans the acclaimed guitarist’s career.

Since releasing his debut album, 2007’s Hand Built By Robots, Faulkner has sold over 1.5 million records and amassed 180 million streams, making him one of the millennium’s most successful UK singer-songwriters. Increasingly in demand, he recently returned to the stage to perform The Sung Thoughts of the Journalist in Jeff Wayne’s spectacular The War Of The Worlds UK Arena tour.

Featuring The Jam’s legendary bass player Bruce Foxton, From The Jam have played almost 1,000 headline shows in the UK since their inception in 2007. Throughout their time, they’ve consistently delivered the kind of incendiary live performances that sealed the reputation of The Jam all those years ago.

Their visit to Towersey will see the band delve into their powerful catalogue, which includes such hits as ‘Eton Rifles’, ‘Town Called Malice’, ‘Start’, ‘Down In The Tube Station At Midnight’, ‘Going Underground’ and more.

Both Newton and From The Jam top off the festival’s Saturday night bill (24 August 2019).

Roy Bailey, who passed away in November aged 83, was a key figure in the foundation of Towersey and performed at the very first festival, way back in 1965. Later a patron, he appeared more times at the event than any other artist, with his much-loved Monday afternoon shows always packed to capacity.

In honour of his countless achievements, both on and off stage, as well as his long-running association with the festival, Towersey presents Roy Remembered: A Celebration of the Life and Times of Roy Bailey, on Monday 26 August 2019.

An afternoon of music, stories and collaborations, the concert features an A-Z of friends and associates, all of whom worked closely with Roy over the years. Among those appearing are songwriter and BBC 6Music presenter Tom Robinson, Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting, John Kirkpatrick, The Wilson Family, Boff Whalley (Chumbawamba), Stephen Taberner (The Spooky Men’s Chorale), Ray Hearne, Kit and Max Bailey, Nancy Kerr, James Fagan, and Marc Block. With host Steve Heap, they’ll be sharing their memories and performing choice songs from Roy’s vast repertoire.

Towersey Festival Director Joe Heap said: “From The Jam are undoubtedly one of the best live acts in the UK right now, their shows have such energy, while it’s fantastic to welcome Newton to Towersey again. We’ve had loads of requests to get him back since he last appeared, so we know people are really looking forward to seeing him.”

Discussing the special one-off tribute show, Joe added: “Roy’s afternoon concerts were an utter joy – warm, funny, poignant. We miss him greatly, but hope everyone will join us in celebrating the great man’s life on August Bank Holiday Monday – it’s going to be an unforgettable event with some truly fantastic guests.

“He helped shape Towersey, from the very beginning, and his influence and beliefs remain very much with us today.”

Situated in easy reach of London and Birmingham, on the Oxfordshire/ Buckinghamshire border, Towersey is one of the UK’s longest running independent music festivals. Boasting nine venues, alongside an extensive music programme the festival also features over 30 hours of ceilidh, daily workshops, well-stocked bars, street food, spoken word, film screenings, roaming performers, an acclaimed programme of activities for children and younger festival-goers, and more.

Tickets for Towersey Festival, which runs from Friday 23 to Monday 26 August 2019 at Thame Showground in Oxfordshire, are available now (Tier 3) from £139 (adult), £130 (conc), £97 (youth), £65 (child), with under 5s free. For further information, and to book, see: www.towerseyfestival.com

Weekend Tickets (4 days)
Tier 1 & Tier 2: SOLD OUT.
Tier 3: Adult £139; Conc £130; Youth (12-17yrs) £97; Child (5-11yrs) £65; under 5s Free
Tier 4: Adult £149; Conc £140; Youth (12-17yrs) £104; Child (5-11yrs) £65; under 5s Free

Day Tickets: Adult £46; Youth £32; Child £21; U5 Free.
Weekend camping and per-night camping options available.

No booking fees. Instalment Plan available. Car parking free.

Festival website: www.towerseyfestival.com

 

Towersey Festival announces top names

Towersey

Hothouse Flowers, Seth Lakeman, Steve Harley, and The Unthanks are among the acts headlining the 55th Towersey Festival.

The annual four-day folk and roots festival takes place from 23-26 August 2019, in Thame, Oxfordshire, and also boasts appearances from folk rock legends Oysterband, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Two-Tone heroes The Selecter, and shanty singers Fisherman’s Friends.

Former buskers, Hothouse Flowers hit the international stage when Dublin hosted the Eurovision Song Content in 1988. Since performing as an ‘interval act’, they’ve forged a reputation as a blistering live band, combining rock, soul and folk.

Steve Harley emerged from the London acoustic scene in the early 1970s and set the charts alight. A contemporary of Bowie and T.Rex, his hits include summer anthem ‘Here Comes The Sun’ and the enduring ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)’.

Five years from his last appearance at the festival, Seth Lakeman arrives in the wake of an acclaimed globe-trotting stint as part of Robert Plant’s Sensational Space Shifters. Expect to hear tracks from across the West Country musician’s career, including ninth album The Well Worn Path.

Remarkably, The Unthanks first ever live gig was at Towersey in 2004. Fifteen years on, and the Mercury Prize-nominated band have established themselves as one of contemporary music’s most inspiring, surprising and enquiring acts.

Also returning are Fisherman’s Friends. A huge success with audiences at 2018’s festival, the story of their incredible rise from Port Issac’s quayside to the UK album charts has now been turned into a film starring James Purefoy and Daniel Mays (in cinemas from 15 March 2019).

Others joining the line-up include Welsh/ African duo Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita, winners of the fRoots Album of the Year 2018 Critics Poll; Show Of Hands’ guitarist Steve Knightley; BBC Scots Trad Music Award 2018’s Best Live Act, Elephant Sessions; and representing an exciting new generation of British singer-songwriters, troubadours Beans On Toast and Will Varley.

Towersey Festival Director Joe Heap said: “After an amazing 2018, we’ve really set out to capture what people love so much about the festival.

“As a result, 2019 is one of our most exciting and eclectic line-ups, with some of the biggest names in folk and roots music, from Seth and The Unthanks to shanty superstars Fisherman’s Friends, alongside major musicians from across the British Isles, Africa, and North America. There’s also the usual collection of names, such as Beans On Toast, who may be new to Towersey audiences, but who we know they’ll love.

“There’ll be loads of other surprises too,” enthuses Joe, who adds that further announcements are to follow shortly, including details of Saturday night’s headliner and more information about the festival’s celebration of the life and work of musician, tutor, activist and Towersey Patron Roy Bailey, who sadly passed away in November.

Situated in easy reach of London and Birmingham, on the Oxfordshire/ Buckinghamshire border, and established in 1965, Towersey is one of the UK’s longest running independent music festivals. Boasting nine venues, alongside an extensive music programme the festival also features over 30 hours of ceilidh, daily workshops, well-stocked bars, street food, spoken word, film screenings, roaming performers, an acclaimed programme of activities for children and younger festival-goers, and more.

Tickets for Towersey Festival, which runs from Friday 23 to Monday 26 August 2019 at Thame Showground in Oxfordshire, are available now (Tier 2) from £129 (adult), £120 (conc), £90 (youth), £65 (child). For further information, and to book, see: www.towerseyfestival.com

Shrewsbury Folk Festival – tickets are now on sale

Shrewsbury Folk Festival
Kate Rusby

Tickets have gone on sale for the 2019 Shrewsbury Folk Festival as organisers have shared the first names to be added to the bill.

Weekend tickets to the four-day event, that will take place at the West Mid Showground from August 23 to 26, are expected to be in high demand. Last year the first tier of tickets were snapped up in less than 30 minutes and weekend tickets sold out a month before the August Bank Holiday event.

Two of the UK’s top solo stars Kate Rusby and Martyn Joseph will be topping the bill along with the legendary Oysterband and female supergroup Daphne’s Flight, who are returning after a triumphant performance in 2017. Scottish folk rockers Skerryvore have also been invited back after wowing crowds earlier this year.

Grace Petrie – photograph by David Wilson Clarke

Gary Stewart’s Graceland – a reworking of the Paul Simon classic – has also been signed up along with solo shows from Show of Hands frontman Steve Knightley, singer songwriter and activist Grace Petrie and appearances from The Phil Beer Band and Merry Hell.

Exclusive to the festival will be a special day of programming on its Pengwern stage by duo Chris While and Julie Matthews to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their musical partnership. The While and Matthews Takeover will see the pair curate performances on August 25th that will culminate in a big band show to close the night.

Granny’s Attic

Other acts will include Chris Elliott and Caitlin Jones, Edgelarks, Geoff Lakeman, Granny’s Attic, Mankala, Paul Downes, Rapsquillion, Reg Meuross, Track Dogs, the Urban Folk Quartet, and Winter Wilson. Festivalgoers will also be able to watch folk opera Here At The Fair by Mick Ryan.

Festival Director Sandra Surtees said many more artists are yet to be revealed.

“As ever the Shrewsbury line-up will feature some of the biggest names in folk, some popular performers that have been requested by our audience and a number of world and Americana acts.

“But the festival is about so much more than just the music – there’s so much to do during the weekend for all ages. The festival has its own magical atmosphere and we have many visitors who wouldn’t class themselves as ‘folkies’ but they just come to enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere with friends and family and listen to great music.

“The festival continues to go from strength to strength with a devoted audience who return year after year, demonstrated by the fact that we regularly sell out in advance.”

The festival has four main music stages, a dance tent featuring ceilidhs, workshops and dance shows, children and youth festivals, workshops, crafts, food village, real ale, cocktail and gin bars and on-site camping and glamping.

There are also fringe events at local pubs with dance displays held in the town centre and a parade through the streets on the Saturday afternoon. Weekend and day tickets can be booked at  www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk/booktickets/.