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.

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