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Newsletter, 19 Feb 2017

Feb 19, 2017   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments
This is your last chance to get tickets to this year’s festival at tier 1 prices. Right now you can save 20% on full price tickets, but by 1st March they’ll have gone!
Daphne’s Flight and Blazin’ Fiddles added to Bill.
 
In addition to Kate Rusby, the first lady of English folk, and Jon Boden, former frontman of Bellowhead, we have the legendary harmony supergroup Daphne’s Flight (first formed at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1995) reuniting to appear at Southwell on the Saturday.
And also just confirmed, another celebrated group, the intoxicating Blazin’ Fiddles from Scotland. No other band has quite captured Scottish fiddle music’s variety, energy and sensitivity like Blazin’ Fiddles have – playing Thursday.
Also recently booked are award-winning Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin, a return for Ranagri, last here in 2015, all-female Wookalily, swing-folksters The BeauBowBelles, a rare chance to see Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley, and leading the way on the Frontier stage, Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra, Sheelanigig and Dana Immanuel & the Stolen Band.
All this adds to the impressive international line-up already announced including BOC from Mallorca, Canadian bands Le Vent Du Nord and The East Pointers, Americans Chris Smither and The Ooks of Hazzard, and the last European tour of Australia’s Cloudstreet, as well as plenty of home grown talent, such as The Changing Room (Sam Kelly and Tanya Brittain), acclaimed duo Megson, traditional star Megan Henwood, performance poets Les Barker and Jason Maverick, newly-formed Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, singer-songwriter Jack Harris, and Tyneside’s She Shanties.

Blazin Fiddles

Feb 11, 2017   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

Replacing Vin Garbutt on Thursday night – Scotland’s major fiddle enemble Blazin’ Fiddles will be entertaining the big top crowds on Thursday night. Always entertaining, with tightly interweaving instruments, frenetic playing and warming wit – we are honoured to have them for one of their small number of dates this year.

News 31 Jan 2016 – Atilla the Stockbroker, Grace Petrie and more….

Feb 11, 2017   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

Punk poet Atilla the Stockbroker and Billy Bragg heiress Grace Petrie added to Gate to Southwell line-up

There’s a fantastic line-up of artists at this summer’s Gate To Southwell Festival (June 8th to 11th) in Nottinghamshire.

In addition to Kate Rusby, the first lady of English folk, and Jon Boden, former frontman of Bellowhead, there’s great array of international stars including BOC from Mallorca – who were sensational at the 2015 event – plus leading Canadian bands Le Vent Du Nord and The East Pointers. Adding to this treasure chest of fine music, the legendary harmony supergroup Daphne’s Flight (first formed at the Cambridge Folk Festival in 1995) are reuniting to appear at Southwell.

Early Bird tickets are selling fast ahead of price rises in March and Mike Kirrage, the festival director, reports that sales are already 30 per cent up on last year. “Our reputation really grows each year and the 2017 line-up has already captured the public’s imagination. Kate Rusby is a brilliant artist with a great following and who can forget that Jon and Bellowhead went down a storm here back in 2008.”

There’ll also be welcome returns for much-loved artists such as the Californian ukulele-toting Ooks Of Hazzard (their cover of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’ was one of the highlights of 2016), folk legend Vin Garbutt and the Glaswegian Americana of James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band.

Once again, there’ll be five venues for music at the Racecourse near Southwell over four days including the newly-named boundary-pushing Frontier Stage, which will welcome diverse talents such as pioneer punk poet Atilla The Stockbroker and the heiress to Billy Bragg, Leicester’s Grace Petrie, and the Robin Hood Energy Stage showcasing the best in traditional and contemporary folk music.

Adding to the great atmosphere at this most family-friendly of festivals – with activities including music workshops, ceilidhs, dance displays, a craft fair plus great food and drink outlets – the 2017 event will be hosting a Summer Of Love @ 50 celebration to mark fifty years since the US hippy movement in California broke through into the mainstream resulting in one of the most creative and memorable years in music history. Having led the house band for last year’s wonderful Dylan @ 75 tribute gig, the immensely-talented Jim Moray returns to Southwell for this flower-powered extravaganza.

Also on the entertainingly eclectic Gate To Southwell 2017 bill there’s Sam Kelly and Tanya Brittain’s new venture The Changing Room, American folk-blues guitar veteran Chris Smither, highly-acclaimed due Megson, flame-haired traditional star Megan Henwood, comedy veteran Les Barker, newly-formed double act Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Welsh singer-songwriter Jack Harris, Tyneside female vocal group She Shanties, and last chance to see Australia’s immensely popular harmony trio Cloudstreet on their farewell European tour, and much more.

Southwell Festival