Maverick announces first names for its thirteenth year

Maverick

Maverick, the UK’s first and finest Americana festival is pleased to announce first names for its lucky thirteenth outing!

This year‘s event will take place from Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th July showcasing the cream of the crop from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. The barns and outbuildings of Easton Farm Park will once again be transformed into a unique and boutique festival environment offering six stages indoors and out, perfect for the presentation of music, food and fun that has been attracting festival-goers since 2008.

Maverick has been at the forefront of Americana since before the genre was christened, co-founding the Americana Music Association UK and quickly becoming a red-letter day on the calendar for artists and audiences alike.

This year, the lineup already includes international award winning artists from all over North America!

Singer-songwriter and Grammy-winner STEVE FORBERT from Meridian, Mississippi is celebrating the 40th anniversary and re-release of his seminal album Jack Rabbit Slim, past Grammy-nominees for best American roots performers THE CALIFORNIA FEETWARMERS are heading east with some west coast sunshine and Canadian Juno nominee and past festival crowd pleaser TERRA LIGHTFOOT returns with her killer band.

We also welcome from Kentucky, JD WILKES AND THE LEGENDARY SHACKSHAKERS with their hell-for-leather brand of Southern gothic rockabilly, from Chicago, power-house band of bluegrass boys THE HENHOUSE PROWLERS and from Texas, taking us for a thrilling, fresh ride down the Lone Star highway, VANDOLIERS.

TICKET PRICES

Ranger £120.00  Weekend plus camping
Wrangler £90.00 Weekend
Rustler £50.00 Saturday
Nighthawk £35.00 Friday
Holy Roller £25.00 Sunday
Tenderfoot £25.00 10-15 yrs (under 10 go free)

Festival website:: www.maverickfestival.co.uk

Starting line-up revealed for the annual Towersey Festival

Towersey Festival

Folk favourites Kate Rusby, Steeleye Span and Show of Hands are some of the confirmed acts that will welcome festival-goers at Towersey Festival’s new home of Buckinghamshire, in August 2020.

The iconic folk and roots festival will celebrate its 56th year from 28-31 August 2020, in Buckinghamshire’s stunning Claydon Estate, in Middle Claydon.

Joining these folk greats are more contemporary names such as This Is The Kit, Grace Petrie, London’s ground-breaking Brass ensemble The Hackney Colliery Band and Scottish power trio Talisk. Also, on the initial roster are new band The Magpie Arc, featuring guitar great Martin Simpson, English folk singer Nancy Kerr and leading musicians from Scotland.

Four years since her last visit to Towersey, Kate Rusby was described by The Guardian as “one of the superstars of the British acoustic scene”. Forever proud to call herself a folk singer, Kate’s beautiful, expressive vocals never fail to connect the emotional heart of a song to that of her audience. The crossover appeal Kate enjoys is unprecedented for a folk singer and has been achieved without resort to compromise.

Among the most commercially successful and influential traditional artists, thanks to their hit singles ‘Gaudete’ and ‘All Around My Hat’, Steeleye Span changed the face of folk music forever. After 50 years, they are as creative and vital now as ever, with a new album that is garnering rave reviews and taking their live performances to new levels.

Also returning to Towersey 2020 is the multi-award-winning Show of Hands, with their new four-piece line-up including master percussionist Cormac Byrne, who returns with his blistering additions by popular demand. There’s no doubt that Show of Hands the four-piece, now something of a supergroup, and their combined musicianship is guaranteed to sound nothing short of magical.

Towersey is renowned for staging artists that are not often seen at bigger music festivals so it should not be a surprise to see one of the country’s leading choral groups, The London Welsh Male Voice Choir, amongst the first artists revealed.

Others joining the line-up include indie-folk band Laura Cortese And The Dance Cards, girl power bluegrass band Midnight Skyracer and 2019 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award ‘Best Album’ winners, The Trials of Cato.

Towersey Festival Director Joe Heap said: “After a record-breaking 2019 festival we are very excited to be moving to an incredible new site and working with Claydon Estate. 2020 will be such a special year – our new and stunning location provides such a fabulous backdrop for our festival, and with these first-named artists, we have the beginnings of what could be our greatest line-up to date.

“There’ll be loads of other surprises and more great names to come in 2020, but we are so excited to be sharing these first artists now as well as announcing our exclusive Circus and Music Show ‘Circocentric’ which will premiere at Towersey.”

Towersey is the UK’s longest-running independent music festival, with seven venues featuring an extensive music programme, over 30 hours of ceilidh, and a packed schedule of daily workshops. 2020 will feature many of the regular favourites plus the introduction of new circus shows and workshops, well-being & mindfulness activities and outdoor experiences.

With a dedicated and acclaimed programme of activities for children and younger festivalgoers, as well as street theatre performers, arts and crafts, film screenings, late-night sessions, real ale and cider bars and street food, there really is something for everyone.

Tickets for Towersey Festival, which runs from Friday 28 to Monday 31 August 2020 at Claydon Estate, Middle Claydon, Buckinghamshire (claydonestate.co.uk), are now available from £144 (adult), £134 (concessions), £70 (young person 5-17). For more information go to www.towerseyfestival.com

The line-up so far

Friday 28 August

Steeleye Span
Show of Hands
Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards
Forest of Fools
Whapweasel
Honey And The Bear

Saturday 29 August

This Is The Kit
Talisk
Midnight Skyracer
The Trials of Cato
Jackie Oates & John Spiers
Smith and Brewer

Sunday 30 August

Kate Rusby
Hackney Colliery Band
The London Welsh Male Voice Choir
Ranagri
Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra

Monday 31 August

Grace Petrie
The Magpie Arc
Matthew Byrne
Circocentric – EXCLUSIVE TO TOWERSEY! A newly created Circus show by The Chipolatas and The Pirates of the Carabina!

TICKETS:

Weekend Tickets with camping (4 days)
Standard: Campsite access from 9am on Friday 28th August.

Adult £169; Conc £159; Young Person (5-17yrs) £85; under 5s FREE.

Weekend Tickets without camping (4 days)
Standard: Site access from 9am on Friday 28th August.

Adult £144; Concession £134; Young Person (5-17) £70; under 5s FREE.

Day Tickets without camping

Fri Adult £45; Young Person (5-17) £30; under 5s FREE.

Sat/Sun Adult £50; Young Person (5-17) £35; under 5s FREE.

Mon Adult £35; Young Person (5-17) £25; under 5s FREE.

Day ticket camping Adult £15; Young Person (5-17) £10; Under 5s FREE

Box office: 0115 807 7900

Festival website: www.towerseyfestival.com

 

FolkEast announces first names for 2020

FolkEast

As Early Bird tickets go on sale for the eighth FolkEast, England’s most easterly folk festival, organisers have announced the awesome Afro Celt Sound System will headline Saturday night.

The Grammy Award-nominated supergroup are past masters at fusing electronica with traditional Irish and West African music, producing a scintillating, high energy stage set. Formed back in 1995 by producer-guitarist Simon Emmerson, they won Best Group at the 2017 Songlines Music Awards.

Explosively combining folk traditions from contrasting cultures to breath-taking effect their number includes The Dhol Foundation’s drumming sensation Johnny Kalsi (no stranger to FolkEast), vocalist, kora and balafon player N’Faly Kouyaté, bodhrán player and percussionist Robbie Harris and Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly (The Breath), winner of Folk Singer of the Year at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

Now firmly established on the UK folk calendar, Suffolk’s decidedly quirky festival will return to the glorious Constable-esque grounds of Elizabethan Glemham Hall between August 21-23, offering diverse performances on no less than seven stages – from local acts to international stars. Early Bird tickets will be on sale right through the festive period, until January 6, representing great savings. https://folkeast.co.uk/2020tickets-3/

Alongside the festival’s hugely popular, multi award-winning patrons, The Young’ uns (Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eagle), FolkEast is delighted to announce eight top level acts from its highly anticipated line-up.

Heading for the main stage will be the sublime, seamless partnership of Welsh harpist Catrin Finch with Senegalese kora maestro Seckou Keita. The exquisite pair clinched the Best Duo/Group award at this year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, with Keita also winning the coveted Musician of the Year title.

FolkEast loves its Celtic connections and this year will be no exception. Flying the flag for Scotland will be three superb acts. Pedigree triumvirate Drever, McCusker, Woomble sees master fiddler John McCusker joining forces with Orkney-born singer songwriter Kris Drever and Idlewild’s lead singer Roddy Woomble.

Named the Best Live Act at the Scots Trad Music Awards in 2018, quintet Elephant Sessions will head to Suffolk from the Scottish Highlands with their unique brand of indie folk while the powerhouse sextet of female instrumentalists that is The Shee (including BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Musician of the Year 2017, harpist Rachel Newton) are sure to have the wow factor with their adventurous blend of Scottish folk, Gaelic song and bluegrass.

Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band takes folk legend Knight’s original Gigspanner trio (himself, Roger Flack and Sacha Tronchet) and fuses them with the 2014 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Duo’ winners Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin (Edgelarks) and erstwhile Bellowhead star John Spiers to make something truly special, bursting with invention, enigma and grace. Though all the musicians have played FolkEast in their separate guises (including the debut performance of Knight and Spiers as a duo) this is the first time the Big Band has headed to Glemham Hall.

Brighton’s big band with a difference, The Moulettes have also been confirmed – described as an “eclectic art rock band’ they journey their way through rock, prog, pop and psychedelic folk.

Finally new kids on the block The Trials of Cato will be coming to the party.

Formed whilst they were all living and working in Beirut, Tomas Williams, Will Addison and Robin Jones are one of the fast-rising acts in folk and earlier this year won the Best Album gong at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, for their hugely impressive debut CD, Hide and Hair.

One of the most singular events on the UK festival calendar, FolkEast was launched seven years ago by husband and wife John and Becky Marshall-Potter.

Rekindling the ancient Eastfolk moots on the Glemham Hall estate where for three days a year the folk from the East would meet kith and kin at harvest time for “a bit of a do”, this gathering celebrates Suffolk at every turn -from its locally sourced fare to its suppliers, arts and crafts.

Says Becky: “Our aim is to create three blissful, fun-packed days when the outside world can be forgotten, a community can be formed and quality time had with family and friends.

Whilst FolkEast may be one of the smaller, independent festivals, it’s an event with big ideas – and plenty of them. As well as the main Sunset and Moot Hall stages (programmed by The Young’uns Michael Hughes), four further stages are programmed by independent local promoters and music organisations – John and Lynne Ward’s Broad Roots stage, Fiona Davies’ dance tent, Xenia Horne’s Sanctuary Stage (at the Glemham Hall estate church) and Amy Wragg’s ‘Get Off The Soapbox’ stage, powered by a solar bus in a mystical woodland setting.

There is plenty on tap for children – the Folk Moot young folk club sessions, a Sports Day, animation workshops, den building, storybook making, a mud kitchen and a chance to create your own jellyfish for the Soapbox Sunday Jellyfish Parade.

The festival offers fine Suffolk fayre, two authentic ‘village’ pubs serving competitively-priced, locally sourced ales and ciders (including Suffolk-based Green Jack Brewery’s festival ale Green Jackalope) as well as the popular imaGINe gin bar and possibly the smallest pub in the UK, the 6 x 4’ Halfway Inn! This year will also see a return of Truly Traceable’s Jackalope pie – a salute to the festival’s mystical mascot The Jackalope (half antelope, half Jack Rabbit) which every year keeps a beady eye on the event from the centre of the site.

Then there’s the FolkEast Art Arcade, ‘Instrumental’, featuring a wide range of instrument makers, a packed dance programme, archery, donkey rides, the Eastfolk Kinodrome (showing folk and local interest films) and tours of Glemham Hall by estate owner Major Philip Cobbold.

FolkEast continues to embrace green initiatives. Says John: “Right from the inception of the festival we have worked hard to be as sustainable as possible and we are proud to hold Suffolk’s Gold Charter Award. Our ongoing aim is to further reduce our carbon footprint and 2019 saw a huge reduction in single use plastic on the site and hardly a trace of litter at the clear-up.”

On board again this year as a media partner will be BBC Radio Suffolk.

The Early Bird Festive Ticket offer is now open until January 6, 2019. Advance weekend tickets are available price £120 (adult), £108 (full time students, 65+) and £80 for Youth tickets (12-17 year old) which must be purchased with an adult ticket. Family weekend tickets for two adults and two 12-17 year olds (and up to 3 under 11s) are £365. A great offer sees free admission for children aged 11 and under; camping under canvas is £20 and camping on wheels £30. More information: info@folkeast.co.uk

Knockengorroch Festival announces first names for 2020

Knockengorroch

The first acts for Knockengorroch Festival 2020 have been announced and will include an exciting array of traditional, electronic and world music acts, bringing sounds from around the globe to the hills of Galloway.

Thousands of people are expected to enjoy Scotland’s longest running greenfield festival, Knockengorroch, in the beautifully secluded Carsphairn hills in May 2020.

Acclaimed European and African based collective Afro Celt Sound System are among the first acts to reveal they will journey to the unique festival in South West Scotland to perform their trademark driving afro house, drum and bass beats, bold west African brass and exuberant electronic rhythms and bass lines.

Combining folk traditions of different cultures in a unique and innovative way, Afro Celt Sound System have forged a reputation for energetic, uplifting shows featuring contributions from a host of outstanding musicians from around the world.

With a host of fantastic international roots musicians still to join the bill, other highlights among the first acts to be announced include:

  • Kel Assouf, who will bring his unique blend of Tuareg roots and Psychedelic rock to Knockengorroch. With one foot in the Sahara and the other in Europe, Kel melts the African trance rhythms with the energy of vintage rock.
  • Scottish favourites Shooglenifty will get crowds on their feet with their electric tunes and a full-on set of old favourites as the band celebrate 30 years together
  • A dazzling, joyfully electric mix of contemporary and traditional tunes paired with beefy, powerful accompaniment celebrating Gaelic, Americana, country and pop from The Poozies.
  • Some of Scotland’s finest musicians, Moishe’s Bagel, will perform their thrillingly original cutting-edge klezmer and world folk music, blending Eastern European dance music and Middle Eastern rhythms.

Knockengorroch Festival organiser, Liz Holmes, said: “The line-up for our 34th festival reflects the mix of traditional and electronic music from home and abroad which makes this festival so special and we’re very excited to unveil the first names on our bill for next year. We can’t wait to welcome familiar and new faces back to the event in May to experience the diversity, inclusiveness, liberating atmosphere and musical celebration of Knockengorroch.”

Other artists confirmed for Knockengorroch so far include:

  • Bristol nine-piece band Cut Capers showcasing a swinging vintage-style brass section with funk, soul and hip-hop.
  • Live dance music favourites The Inexplicables will bring their blending of styles ranging from hip hop and reggae to jungle and drum ‘n’ bass to the festival.
  • Internationally renowned Glasgow-based soundsystem and long term Knockengorroch stalwarts, music production collective Mungo’s Hi Fi will bring Jamaican music styles with the sounds of UK club to the hills of Galloway.

The festival will also feature environment and heritage workshops and activities, dancing, comedy, theatre shows, arts and crafts and lots for the kids.

With many more acts to be announced, the full dance tent line-up will also be revealed in the coming months and festival goers can expect cutting edge tunes the length and breadth of these islands.

Knockengorroch, Scotland’s south west camping festival will be held from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 May 2020. Tickets are on sale now, visit www.knockengorroch.org.uk.

 

Cambridge 2020 tickets on sale next week

Cambridge Folk Festival

Tickets for Cambridge Folk Festival 2020 go on sale on Tuesday 10 December 2019. The Festival takes place 30 July – 2 August 2020 in the picturesque grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge. Early booking advisable. Purchase from: https://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival/tickets

A highlight of the annual folk calendar and one of the most prestigious music festivals in the world, Cambridge Folk Festival is celebrating 56 years since the inaugural event when a young Paul Simon was given a spot at the foot of the bill. In the intervening years, the Festival has hosted a who’s who of the brightest and biggest international stars across the folk, roots, Americana, country, blues and world genres, including Joan Baez, James Taylor, Van Morrison, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, Gillian Welch, Jimmy Cliff, Mavis Staples, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lucinda Williams, First Aid Kit, Christy Moore, Baaba Maal, Joe Strummer, Billy Bragg, , Amadou & Mariam, The Chieftains, Judy Collins, Sinead O’Connor and The Proclaimers, to name but a few. Cambridge has also been proud to provide a platform to up and coming young artists such as Jake Bugg, Passenger, Ward Thomas, Seth Lakeman, The Wandering Hearts, and many more; an ethos which very much continues today.

Eddie Barcan, who previously programmed 23 consecutive sell-outs, returns as guest artistic director for 2020.

‘For me, Cambridge is about the sheer variety and quality of the music, the new discoveries as well as the stars’ Eddie Barcan said. ‘The entire weekend is a unique experience and you need to be there all four days to really appreciate it.  I can’t wait to share what I’m working on for 2020.’

Beyond the world class musical feast on the main stages, Cambridge Folk Festival buzzes with a whole range of other activities, from workshops and discussions to well-being and children’s entertainment, for an all-round, unique weekend experience.

‘I’m very happy to see the Cambridge Folk Festival return for its 56th edition’, said Antoinette Jackson, chief executive of Cambridge City Council which delivers the Festival. ‘Year after year, the Festival welcomes music lovers to the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall to hear top artists from around the world. It’s a testament to what a vibrant place Cambridge is that it hosts one of the most prestigious and longest-running folk festivals in the UK.’

Ticket information:

Full festival ticket: £182, Thursday: £30, Friday: £75, Saturday: £75, Sunday: £75

Festival website: www.cambridgefolkfestival.co.uk