INTERNATIONAL MUSIC STARS AT GATE TO SOUTHWELL FESTIVAL

May 29, 2015   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

A host of star names from the global roots, folk and acoustic music scenes have joined the impressive international line-up for this month’s Gate To Southwell festival. 

Aside from catching Britain’s best-loved troubadour Billy Bragg – in concert on Thursday June 4th with The Hot Seats – there’s the only UK festival appearance by Celtic legends Clannad, on Friday June 5th, supported by BBC Folk Award 2015 winners The Young’uns plus the internationally-renowned Urban Folk Quartet.

This year’s festival, at the new site near Southwell Racecourse, has attracted some of the most exciting bands in Celtic, roots and traditional music including a string of highly-regarded American acts.  Alongside The Hot Seats (Virginia), there’s The Railsplitters from Colorado, Mark Rodgers & Mary Byrne from New York and San Francisco’s Blind Willies.

Confirming the festival’s growing reputation as the Midlands’ premier roots music event, the international flavour will be enhanced by appearances from Mallorcan stars BOC, Scotland’s Manran, Australian globetrotters Cloudstreet, Ireland’s We Banjo 3, and globally-inspired acts such as Ranagri and The Baghdaddies.  There’ll also be youthful alternative sounds from Maia, Clutching At Straws, Worry Dolls, Kings & Folk and The Rheingans Sisters, highly-regarded local acts The Rusty Suns, Swing Gitan and Maniere Des Bohemiens plus Leicestershire’s rising son Skunk Boy Project.

Alongside Billy Bragg, there are plenty of other strong singer-songwriters and original voices on show at Southwell including Anthony John Clarke, Edd Donovan, Sephty from Newcastle and Devon’s hotly tipped duo Moon Brother.

Traditional music fans will warm to the presence of reunited English vocal trio Artisan, The Tweed Project (combining Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar with the Mischa Macppherson Trio) and the hugely-influential partnership Chris Wood & Andy Cutting.  Multi-award winner Wood will also appear solo whilst Cutting performs in a new ‘super trio’ alongside Martin Simpson and Nancy Kerr.  Festival favourites CoCo & The Butterfields also join the bill plus fifty-piece extravaganza The Conservatoire Folk Ensemble.

There’ll also be great family entertainment including the puppet magic of Pickled Image, the awesome Dan The Hat, music workshops from Maia and The Young’Uns, the brilliant storytelling of Walk The Lines and children’s music and dance from Cloudstreet and Johnny & The Raindrops.

Weekend, day and single concert tickets are available – Billy Bragg plus supports on Thursday (£20), Clannad plus supports on Friday (£25) – plus Teaser Tickets can be purchased in advance (£15 adults) or for £20 on the gate.   To enhance the experience, and boost business in Southwell too, there’ll be free buses running all weekend from mid-morning til 1245am between the festival site and the town centre.

For full details of artists, family entertainment and other events visit the festival website – http://www.gtsf.uk.  It promises to be a fantastic long weekend of international music, top comedy, ceilidhs, great food and craft stalls and a beer and cider festival.

 

 

 

 

 

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