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See who else we’ve added to the bill

Apr 19, 2018   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

You may have seen our line-up build over the last few months, so you’ll know how much we have pushed the boat out this year!  There’s something for everyone. From top Nashville star Gretchen Peters, award winning British folk stars such as The Young‘uns and Kris Drever, a very strong Celtic programme headed by Cara Dillon, a blues legends night on Thursday (June 7) featuring Britain’s number one R&B band Nine Below Zero and, on Friday night veteran Geordies Lindisfarne to get the big top singing.

Recently added to the bill, slide guitar master, Martin Harley, joins the two fantastic guitarists already booked – Johnny Dickinson and John Smith.

If you like something to bop to we’ve just booked Dinamo, a Mallorcan Latin ska band, and the party-prog-folk of Seas of Mirth, who join others already in the line-up such as The Destroyers and Habadekuk.

Also recently confirmed, Vivian Leva and Riley Calcagno, who bring us old-time and country music with its heart in Appalachia, award winning multi-instrumentalist Luke Daniels, modern Irish favourites Ranagri, and the virtuoso guitar and fiddle players from Sheelanagig, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow.

We now have over 50 artists confirmed in our strongest line-up ever, which means discounted tier 2 tickets will run out soon.

Get Your Tier 2 Tickets Now before prices rise!

We’ll have a stronger ceilidh line up this year too – more details in our next Newsletter.

MIDLANDS MUSICIANS JOIN INTERNATIONAL ROOTS BLUES & FOLK STARS AT GATE TO SOUTHWELL FESTIVAL

Mar 18, 2018   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

There’s a perfect blend of international artists, festival favourites and music legends lined up for this year’s Gate To Southwell in June (7th to 11th).   Adding to the fine mix there are also some talented Midlands acts including the megafolk of Birmingham’s Destroyers, the stunning harmonies of Lincolnshire’s Winter Wilson, the country blues of Derbyshire’s Rogue Embers, the bluegrass Americana of North Lincolnshire’s The Life And Times Of The Brothers Hogg – one of last year’s festival highlights – plus the fantastic folk-country of the highly-rated Rye Sisters also from Lincolnshire.  Throw into this regional music stew the extraordinary land-locked pirate prog-rock-meets-world-music of Nottingham’s Seas Of Mirth and clearly there’s something for even the most eclectic and eccentric of tastes.

Derby’s Josh O’Keefe might sound like an unlikely contender for the role of the next Bob Dylan or the heir to Woody Guthrie, yet his raw politically-charged songwriting, his harmonica-playing and his powerful gravelly vocals are already attracting high praise and respectful comparisons.   One critic suggested that he sounded as if his voice had been “crafted from many decades of nicotine, hard-living and alcohol in the Deep South”.  Only in his mid-20s, Josh has moved to the Nashville skyline to inhale the ghosts of Johnny Cash and Hank Williams and already has a new record deal.

One of America’s most successful and established singer-songwriters, Gretchen Peters, will be among the Gate headline acts.  Grammy-nominated and recently inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, her 2015 UK tour sold out and featured an acclaimed performance at Glastonbury.  She’ll be appearing in the Southwell Big Top on Saturday June 9th.

Also already booked for the East Midlands’ premier roots and acoustic event are hugely-successful veteran Geordies Lindisfarne, award-winning folkies The Young’uns, one of Ireland’s greatest singers Cara Dillon (performing with special guests), Danish roots stars Habadekuk, brilliant Devon guitarist and singer-songwriter John Smith, acclaimed Canadian fiddlers The Fitzgeralds and 2017 BBC Folk Singer of the Year Kris Drever.  There’ll also be a special Blues Night (Thursday 7th) to mark the festival’s opening and this will feature Britain’s number one R&B band Nine Below Zero, authentic Louisiana bluesmen The Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band and the UK’s best slide guitarist Johnny Dickinson.

Joining the eclectic, international bill there’s Scotland’s Blue Rose Code, the Canadian jazz-meets-klezmer-meets-folk of The Boxcar Boys, acclaimed Southwell regulars Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, 2017 BBC Group of the Year The Furrow Collective, those irresistibly entertaining Canadian hillbillies Ol Savannah, the traditional Celtic dance fused with funk & jazz of Dallahan, much-loved global troubadour Rory McLeod, the Canadian roots rock of James Keelaghan & Hugh McMillan, highly-rated harmonious Celts Mongoose and the award-winning songstress Vikki Clayton (who’s performed with both Fairport Convention and Fotheringay).

While charismatic Jeff Warner, one of America’s foremost performers and interpreters of traditional music, returns following his excellent appearance in 2014, Truckstop Honeymoon – fusing bluegrass, punk rock and soul with music hall jazz and rock & roll – will be welcome newcomers to Southwell in June. They took to the road in 2005 after their New Orleans home, and their recording studio, were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.  Since then, they’ve settled in Kansas but still continue to travel the world with their four kids.

Last but not least there’s the East Anglian Americana of The Shackleton Trio, promising folk duo Harbottle & Jonas, the alt-folk harp and guitar of Brighton’s Ellie Ford and her band, and the bright young box and fiddle partnership of Alex Cumming & Nicola Beazley.   These diverse acts will add to the great party atmosphere at this most family-friendly of festivals, which also features workshops, ceilidhs, dance displays, children’s entertainment, a craft fair plus great food and drink tents.

Tier Two tickets (at discounted prices while stocks last!) are available for this four-day event in beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside from Thursday June 7th to Sunday June 10th.    Follow this link to Gate To Southwell 2018 to find out more – www.gtsf.uk

Tier 2 ticket prices about to be launched

Feb 28, 2018   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

It’s the end of February, traditionally the time ticket prices increase, and there are only a few Tier 1 tickets still available. Weekend ticket prices will increase by £15 when we move to Tier 2 prices. Click here for more info.

We think this year will be our best ever festival – keep reading to find out why…

Our line up is phenomenal – with a host of major names, including one of Nashville’s most beloved and respected artists, Gretchen Peters; massively popular veteran Geordies, Lindisfarne; with “one of the world’s most beautiful voices”, Cara Dillon; and heading up Thursday’s blues concert, the UK’s best rhythm ‘n’ blues band Nine Below Zero.

The main supporting acts include: one of our very favourite groups, TheYoung’uns, whose first festival appearance was Southwell in 2009; Danish roots stars Habadekuk;  acclaimed Canadian fiddlers The Fitzgeralds; 2017 BBC Folk Singer of the Year Kris Drever; Louisiana bluesmen The Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band; much requested, Scotland’s Blue Rose Code who released a “masterpiece of an album” in 2017;  brilliant Devon guitarist and singer-songwriter John Smith; Canadian jazz-meets-klezmer-meets-folk of The Boxcar Boys; Southwell regulars Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar; and 2017 BBC Group of the Year The Furrow Collective.

All this, plus the depth of artists supporting, and on our three other main music stages is unsurpassed –  see below for a list of who is playing when. We have just announced a host of new acts, which you can see on our website here – www.gtsf.uk

And there’s more!: 17 dance sides confirmed so far; loads of children’s and family fun, including the popular return of Dan the Hat with a new stunt show including “the ring of fire”, “London Bus Jump” and “Boxing Glove Alley” among others – probably best not to ask!

And even more!  Our ceilidh and dance programme is now on the website. We launched a new dance venue, Hoofers, in 2017, and this year it’ll be better than ever.

Across the weekend it will be led by Banter (Simon Care, Tim Walker and Nina Zella) and featuring a whole raft of dances and workshops.

The programme is being developed, but confirmed so far we have:

Friday – Banter with caller Alex Cumming
Saturday – Tautas Roks with caller Cate Haynes, Urban Folk Theory with caller Tim Walker
Sunday – English Contra Dance Band with caller Bob Morgan

And workshops confirmed so far: Bob and Dace Fisher – Cajun; Tim Walker – Medieval; English Contra Dance Band – Contra.

So make a date – 7th to 10th June 2018. Tickets are available now for the whole weekend or just individual days or evenings.

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The line up so far (with more names still to come)

 

THURSDAY 
Nine Below Zero, Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band, Johnny Dickinson, Luke Jackson,
Winter Wilson, Ol’ Savannah, Rogue Embers, Keith Donnelly, Banter, Joshua Cook, Josh Okeefe, others TBC.

FRIDAY 
Lindisfarne, Blue Rose Code, The Destroyers, Dallahan, Luke Jackson Trio, Jeff Warner, Mongoose, The Georgia Shackleton Trio, Johnny Dickinson,
Ol’ Savannah, Banter, Joshua Cook, Alex Cumming & Nicola BeazleyRogue Embers, Keith Donnelly, Josh Okeefe, Benjamin Pike, Ellie Ford, Kit Hawes & Aaron Catlow, others TBC.
SATURDAY
Gretchen Peters, The Young’uns, Habadekuk, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
The Furrow Collective, The Fitzgeralds, Truckstop Honeymoon, Luke Jackson
Trio, Jeff Warner, Rory McLeod, Vikki Clayton, Winter Wilson, Mongoose,
The Georgia Shackleton Trio, Banter, Boxcar Boys, Alex Cumming & Nicola
Beazley, Luke Daniels, Tautas Roks, Joshua Cook, Urban Folk Theory, Keith Donnelly, Benjamin Pike, Josh Okeefe, Rye Sisters, Ellie Ford,
others TBC.

SUNDAY
Cara Dillon & Special Guests, John Smith, Kris Drever, Truckstop
Honeymoon, The Fizgeralds, Vikki Clayton, Luke Jackson Trio, Martin Harley,
Outside Track, Jeff Warner, Mongoose, Boxcar Boys, James Keelaghan &
Hugh McMillan, Harbottle & Jonas, Morrissey & Marshall, Seas of Mirth,
Banter, Joshua Cook, English Contra Dance Band, Rogue Embers, Luke
Daniels, Nicola Beazley, Benjamin Pike, Keith Donnelly, Josh Okeefe,
Rye Sisters, Ellie Ford, Don Mescall, others TBC.

Announcing Gretchen Peters

Feb 2, 2018   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

One of America’s most successful singer-songwriters, Gretchen Peters, will be one of the headline acts at this year’s Gate To Southwell Festival in June.

Grammy-nominated and recently inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Gretchen’s songs have been recorded by diverse artists such as Etta James, George Strait, Shania Twain and Neil Diamond, and she’s co-written and duetted with Bryan Adams. Her 2015 UK tour sold out and featured an acclaimed performance at Glastonbury.

Long regarded as one of the best voices in country and roots music, her hit album ‘Blackbirds’ was described as “an Americana tour de force” by The Sun while Uncut magazine hailed her as “one of Nashville’s greatest talents of the past two decades”. Her recent collection, ‘The Essential Gretchen Peters’, features many of her classic songs including ‘Independence Day’, ‘Hello Cruel World’, ‘The Secret Of Life’ and ‘On A Bus To St Cloud’. She’ll be performing in the Southwell Big Top on Saturday June 9th.

Gretchen Peters brings further international class to Gate To Southwell 2018, joining an eclectic musical line up that already includes legendary folk rockers Lindisfarne, great Irish singer Cara Dillon, Denmark’s Habadekuk, Louisiana blues stars the Lil Jimmy Reed Band, award-winning English folk stars The Young’uns, hillbilly Canadians Ol’ Savannah and many more artists.

Another exciting USA newcomer to Southwell in June will be Truckstop Honeymoon, fusing bluegrass, punk rock and soul with music hall jazz and rock & roll. Created by Katie and Mike West, and born in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Truckstop Honeymoon took to the road in 2005 after their home and their recording studio were destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Since then, they’ve relocated to the Midwest music mecca of Lawrence Kansas but still continue to travel the world with their four kids.

SOUTHWELL GETS THE BLUES

Jan 19, 2018   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

The Greet will meet the Mississippi on Thursday June 7th when the Gate to Southwell Festival brings some of the world’s best blues stars to town.  Headliners Nine Below Zero have been one of Britain’s best blues exports for over 30 years and they’ve supported everyone from Alexis Korner, Chuck Berry, The Kinks and The Who through to recent successful tours with Squeeze and The Stranglers.  Also on the bill there’s The Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band, led by one of the last original Louisiana bluesmen.  Now in his late Seventies, Lil’ Jimmy has shared the stage with blues greats such as BB King and Bobby Blue Bland; he’ll be joined by Bob Hall, one of the finest blues and boogie pianists of his generation.

“We’ve booked the best international folk, roots and acoustic artists over the years but we’ve also had some great blues performers at Southwell,” says festival director Mike Kirrage.  “So this year we’ve decided to start the festival with a top-quality blues extravaganza and we hope to attract blues fans from throughout the Midlands.”

Alongside Nine Below Zero and The Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band, there’s also Ol’ Savannah, one of Canada’s best roots bands – they put the blues into bluegrass and have been described as a cross between Tom Waits, Muddy Waters, Roscoe Holcomb, and The Pogues! – and, from closer-to-home, Northumbrian bluesman, Johnny Dickinson, who’s universally regarded as one of Britain’s finest blues and slide guitarists, and played at the first ever Gate to Southwell Festival.

Over the weekend there’s a great line-up of roots and acoustic stars for the twelfth festival (June 7th to 10th) – includingLindisfarne, Cara Dillon and the Young’uns – plus another big name to be announced soon. “Tickets are selling fast,” reports Mike, “and Gate To Southwell 2018 definitely looks set to be the best yet.”

Special priced Thursday evening tickets are on sale now from £20 and Tier One Weekend and Weekend Extra tickets can also be purchased via  the website at www.gtsf.uk

Dance Sides Now Confirmed

Jan 5, 2018   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

See the website for a string of dance sides now added to the line-up for 2018. And don’t forget it’s Plough Sunday this weekend (7th Jan) which kicks off with the service at St. Denis Church, Morton-cum-Fiskerton, followed by a sword dance at the village hall, then over to Southwell for displays at The Hearty Goodfellow and The Admiral Rodney from 12.30 to 1.30 and then from 2pm to 4pm at The Final Whistle, Southwell.

See the link below for details of sides playing at the festival

Dance displays 2018

Further acts announced for 2018

Jan 5, 2018   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments
BLUES & FOLK STARS LINED UP FOR GATE TO SOUTHWELL 2018
There’s a perfect blend of rising stars, festival favourites and music legends lined up for next year’s Gate To Southwell.  
Already booked for the East Midlands’ premier roots and acoustic event are hugely-successful veteran Geordies Lindisfarne, award-winning folkies The Young’uns, one of Ireland’s greatest singers Cara Dillon performing with special guests, Danish roots stars Habadekuk, brilliant Devon guitarist and singer-songwriter John Smith, acclaimed Canadian fiddlers The Fitzgeralds and 2017 BBC Folk Singer of the Year Kris Drever.  There’ll also be a special Blues Night featuring Britain’s number one R&B band Nine Below Zero, Louisiana bluesmen The Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band and the UK’s best slide guitarist Johnny Dickinson.  
Nottinghamshire countryside from Thursday June 7th to Sunday June 10th.    
Also joining the eclectic, international bill there’s Scotland’s Blue Rose Code, the Canadian jazz-meets-klezmer-meets-folk of The Boxcar Boys, acclaimed Southwell regulars Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, 2017 BBC Group of the Year The Furrow Collective, the megafolk of Birmingham’s The Destroyers, much-loved global troubadour Rory McLeod, highly-rated harmonious Celts Mongoose and award-winning songstress Vikki Clayton.  
Plus, with more names still to be announced, there’s the East Anglian Americana of The Shackleton Trio, Derbyshire’s Rogue Embers and promising folk duo Harbottle & Jonas, who’ll all add to the party atmosphere at this most family-friendly of festivals, which also features music workshops, ceilidhs, dance displays, children’s entertainment, a craft fair plus great food and drink stalls.
Still led by Rod Clements, one of their original singer-songwriters, it’s 45 years since Lindisfarne’s first hit ‘Meet Me On The Corner’ cracked the UK charts and made their second LP ‘Fog On The Tyne’ the best-selling British album of 1972.  Since then the Geordie folk-rock kings have scored with hits such as ‘Lady Eleanor’, ‘Run For Home’ and ‘We Can Swing Together’.  Headlining the Big Top on Friday June 8th, with the late Alan Hull’s son-in-law Dave Hull-Denholm joining the latest line-up, Lindisfarne are guaranteed to get the Southwell audience singing and swinging along. 
Gate To Southwell 2009 was The Young’uns first “proper festival” and since then they’ve returned to great acclaim in both 2011 and 2015.  Described by Mike Harding as “one of the best live acts I have ever seen”, the life-enhancing North Easterners will headline the festival on Saturday June 9th.  Following the great success of their ‘Another Man’s Ground’ collection, their 2017 release ‘Strangers’ looks certain to gather even more folk awards. 
Topping the bill on Sunday June 10th, Cara Dillon is regarded as one of the best vocalists and interpreters of traditional songs on the planet.  Mojo magazine stated she possessed “what may well be the world’s most beautiful female voice” as showcased on her seventh studio album, this year’s ‘Wanderer’.  Cara will perform alongside her husband and musical partner Sam Lakeman plus some very special guests. 
Making his first appearance at Southwell, the acclaimed singer-songwriter and innovative guitarist John Smith has become a star of the British acoustic music scene over the past 10 years, performing alongside artists such as Jackson Browne, Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker and Rodney Crowell, and guesting on albums by David Gray, Lisa Hannigan and LeAnn Rimes.  His recent album’, ‘Headlong’, is a fine example of a “master craftsman at work” (Folk Radio). 
Anyone who caught Habadekuk’s last visit to Gate To Southwell will welcome them back with open arms and dancing feet.  Regarded as one of the most exciting live folk bands, the Danish nine-piece mix it up with salsa, polkas and big band jazz.  Appropriately, their motto is “we blow you away”.  
Kicking off the festival on Thursday June 7th, there’s a great feast of blues from Nine Below Zero, Lil’ Jimmy Reed Band and Johnny Dickinson.  NBZ formed at the height of punk and went on to become one of the most respected blues bands on the Eighties and Nineties, working with artists such as Eric Clapton, Gary Moore and Chuck Berry.  Their extended eight-piece big band appearance at Glastonbury in 2016 won them a new generation of fans and recently they’ve toured extensively with Squeeze. 
21st century bluesmen don’t come much more authentic than 77 year old Lil’ Jimmy Reed, who was born on the Mississippi and who’s been playing harp and guitar since the early 1950s, sharing stages with blues legends such as BB King and Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland.  He’s guaranteed to bring the gritty sounds of the deep South to Southwell and his band will feature acclaimed blues and boogie pianist Bob Hall.  Also on Thursday, while Johnny Dickinson might hail from Morpeth rather than Baton Rouge, he’s rightly regarded as one of Britain’s best blues and slide guitarists.  Having recovered from serious illness, this is a great opportunity to enjoy a rare talent.  

First Acts Announced for 2018

Aug 23, 2017   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

We are pleased to confirm the first five acts booked for next year.

Nine piece Danish band Habadekuk, who were sensational on their last visit will close  the main stage on Saturday afternoon and the Frontier Stage on Saturday night. ” Denmark’s most exciting and innovative folk band.” – Eddie Barcan, Avalon Stage, Glastonbury Festival.

Closing the main stage on Saturday night and winners of the best group in the Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2015 and 2016 we have the UK’s favourite folk trio, The Young ‘uns.

Also on Saturday we are pleased to welcome back Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar -two times BBC Radio 2 Award winners and “one of the best young folk duos around” – R2 Magazine.

Booked for Sunday, are Dallahan, described by Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 as “some of the most exciting trad musicians to emerge in recent years.”

Finally (so far!) we have one of the most impressive of the latest crop of singer songwriters , Blue Rose Code. “Seriously can’t recommend Blue Rose Code enough, cannot stop listening” – Ewan Mcgregor. “The Boy’s a genius” – Ian Rankin. Day to be confirmed.

Festival Thanks

Jun 14, 2017   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

We are deeply grateful to each and every person who made the Gate to Southwell Festival such a success this year.
We appreciate all the time, skills and support that have been so generously given.

So, in no particular order, a huge resounding thank you to;

All the volunteers, for being so friendly, giving your time, and keeping everything running so smoothly. Special thanks to all the team leaders for the extra responsibility they take, and to those whose volunteering work runs throughout the year.

All the artists, for those of you who travelled a long way, and those nearby, for all your unique contributions to the ‘mix’ that Southwell is known for, and for putting heart and soul into your performances.

To all the traders, for bring your wares, and such positivity and variety to the festival, we all really enjoyed looking around your stalls. Thank you.

To the first aiders, who kept us all feeling safe and cared for, and kept on smiling throughout.

To Robin Hood Energy and our other sponsors, we really wouldn’t manage without you! Thank you for your support, often ongoing through many years.

To Southwell Lions, for showing us the way with such cheerfulness!

To the decorators, who made the site so welcoming and even more beautiful this year, and to everyone who decorated their gate.

To all the poets, who performed boldly, and were such fun to have around.

To the open mic entries, for your talented contributions and for being such good sports.

For the contractors, whose skill and expertise is so valuable, during the festival, and those working during set up and take down, the invisible teams.

To the dancers, who keep us firmly rooted in our strong traditions, for bringing good cheer, and for the joy you shared in the town centre performances.

Thank you all!!

We really look forward to seeing you all next year, for Gate to Southwell Festival 2018!

Kind regards
Mike Kirrage for the Board and Committee of GTSF

Sunday Review 2017

Jun 13, 2017   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

If Saturday had been conquered by hippies, Sunday at Gate To Southwell belonged to our much-loved foreign musical friends, chiefly the Californians, Canadians and Mallorcans. Big Top headliners Le Vent Du Nord blew in from Quebec celebrating fifteen years on the road together. Combining Canadian traditional music with their own, cinematically-French compositions (like ‘Little Dream Number Nine’) they warmed the Southwell crowd with fond memories of their brilliant 2012 performance. Their fellow countrymen, The East Pointers were equally impressive, provoking wild dancing in the aisles as they promoted “our first and therefore our best record” ‘Secret Victory’ and threw in a Prince Edward Island cover of David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ for good measure. Stirring stuff!

Sunday crowds also packed the Robin Hood Energy stage to get another dose of the extra-entertaining Ooks Of Hazzard. Their famous uke-powered takes on MGMT’s ‘Kids’ and Radiohead’s ‘Subterranean Homesick Alien’ and ‘Creep’ were real festival highlights alongside a gravelly Tom Waits-style down-at-heel ‘Nobody Loves You When You’re Down And Out’. A standing ovation again; everyone loves them. As live performers, BOC from Mallorca take some beating. Many of their tracks begin like weird Prog Folk symphonies but then – with guttural Latin cries of “uno dos tres cuatro!” they kick off into a remarkably diverse world of folk-meets-flamenco-meets-gypsy-meets-ska-meets-metal musics… Hard to define, impossible to avoid dancing madly to…they’re a festival force of nature.

Of course, there was plenty of homegrown talent too, from the beautifully intelligent jazz folk of the Bowbeaubelles (‘Blue Tree’ was a stand-out track here) and the socio-political songwriting of mohicaned Paul Carbuncle (who did a great version of Dick Gaughan’s ‘Tom Paine’s Bones’) through to the sweeter traditional acoustic sounds of Alder Patterson & Dashwood and Grimsby’s own purveyors of Deep South swamp blues, The Life And Times Of The Brothers Hogg. Not forgetting Megson’s warm, emotional set of contemporary folk songs and ballads drawn from their own landscape of Teesside. ‘Burn Away’ mourned the decline of the steel industry and its impact on the local community, while ‘The Longshot’ captured the intense frustrations and dashed hopes of football supporters generally, and long-suffering recently-relegated Middlesborough fans in particular.

Honourable mentions too for the feisty and funny, hard-living Americana of the excellent Dana Immanuel & The Stolen Band and particularly the extremely likeable and heavily-bearded James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band, who seem to have made Gate To Southwell their second home. Influenced by the likes of Guthrie, Dylan and even Ryan Adams, their cleverly constructed alt-country songs like ‘Maslow’, ‘There’s A Body In The Water’ and ‘On Meeting The Man In The Suit’ definitely make their debut collection ‘The Tower’ worth embracing.

As Sunday drew to a close there was time to reflect on the great collective efforts of everyone involved across four fine days – musicians, stewards, traders, dancers, crew, entertainers, bar staff, health professionals… – and also to remember festival founder and local musician Adey Button. There was an emotional gathering of family and friends in the Barleycorn Bar to mourn Adey’s passing and, more importantly, to celebrate his life and love of music; a fitting tribute to a great friend of the Gate To Southwell.

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