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New addition – Ritchie Parrish Ritchie

Jun 7, 2016   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

Great new late night show confirmed for RPR, the brilliant rhythm section of the renowned, Tanglefoot – Canada’s biggest folk-roots export. Now Rob Ritchie, Al Parrish and Steve Ritchie, along with percussionist/ singer/ songwriter Beaker Granger, have re-connected and are coming our way.
The new configuration affords the four veteran performers the opportunity to stretch their wings and create a rich and memorable interfusion of music, stories, laughter and reminiscence. It’s light and shade, irreverent and poignant, gentle as a whisper and rampantly energetic. See them on Friday 10th closing the Folk Stage at 11.30pm……
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Young Talent at Gate to Southwell 2016

Jun 3, 2016   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

It’s the tenth anniversary of the Gate To Southwell Festival next week (from Thursday June 9th to Sunday June 12th) and, to celebrate this great East Midlands music occasion, plenty of talented young local artists will be given the opportunity to shine alongside international stars.

Attracting musicians from as far a field as Canada and the USA, and with headline acts such as Appalachian hillbilly heroes Hayseed Dixie (Friday), the great English roots band Show Of Hands (Saturday) and legendary Scottish vocalist Eddi Reader (Sunday), the Gate To Southwell Festival will get off to an explosive start with a firework party and the launch of a new Arts Council-backed “alternative” stage.

The opening night party on Thursday 9th features one of Ireland’s greatest traditional folk acts Kila headlining the main stage alongside Jim Moray and Sam Carter’s new band False Lights. Plus, the alternative stage will feature diverse acts such as the Latin passion of Alejandro Toledo’s Full Attack Band and Glaswegian alt-country stars James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band.

Also on the bill are Nottingham’s highly-rated rising indie sons Same Streets – an exciting four-piece rock & roll band featuring young musicians from Arnold, Beeston, Long Eaton and Southwell.  With James Gooch on guitar and vocals, Jacob Harris on guitar, Isaac Bloomfield on bass and backing vocals and Seb McNish on drums, Same Streets have already supported The Enemy at Rock City and had their music played by Huw Stevens on Radio One.   They’ve also guested alongside established bands such as Red Faces, Rifles, Sherlocks and Fronteers, and their growing reputation on the circuit for incendiary performances has made them a band to look out for this year.

“Our main influences include the Rolling Stones, Iggy & The Stooges, the Las and David Bowie,” says drummer Seb McNish.  “We’ve got a great summer ahead of us.  There’re a few festivals including Southwell, Dot To Dot and the Isle of Wight.”

Another youthful local act appearing at the festival for the first time is upcoming singer-songwriter Jake Burns.  Originally from Mansfield but now living in Burton Joyce, Jake’s debut EP ‘California Bound’ has received great praise from critics and plenty of radio play.  Its lyrics name-check many of his American inspirations and influences, including Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and David Crosby.

“I think I own every Simon & Garfunkel record there is,” admits Jake, “and I still find myself listening to them from time to time.  Paul Simon was and still is my musical hero but I also listen a lot to Conor Oberst and Crowded House at the moment.”

Also appearing at next week’s festival, there’s highly-acclaimed sweet-voiced Nottingham singer-songwriter Tiger.  Recently turned eighteen, she supported Canadian band The East Pointers in Southwell earlier this year and also delivered an impressive showcase at Rough Trade Records.  Self-penned tracks such as ‘Contender’ and ‘Let Me Hold You’ also earned her a slot on the BBC Introducing East Midlands show.

Added to this array of local talent, there’s also Cheshire And The Cat, the seven piece Future Sound of Nottingham finalists who’ve previously played Glastonbury, Dot To Dot and Soundwave in Croatia.  Over the past few years, they’ve built a reputation mixing soul and funk with breaks of reggae and rock. With new material in the pipeline and a whole new repertoire of songs, 2016 will see the Cats step up to an even higher level.

Last but not least, one of Nottingham’s most exotic sounding and best-loved acts, Maniere Des Bohemians, return to play Gate To Southwell with their hot brand of Django Reinhardt-inspired and Stephane Grappelli-influenced Gypsy Jazz and Eastern European swing.

With five different music stages, great family entertainment, plus the usual fine mix of food and drink tents, a craft fair, a beer and cider festival plus pub sessions in town, the tenth Gate To Southwell is guaranteed to be an unmissable Midlands event.

For more details visit the website – www.gtsf.org

Dylan 75th Birthday Tribute Concert

May 24, 2016   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

 

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Bob Dylan has just celebrated his 75th birthday (May 24th 2016) and, fashionably late, there’ll be a special tribute concert at the upcoming 10th Gate To Southwell Festival on Saturday June 11th.

Backed by a fantastic festival band, led by Jim Moray of False Lights, there’ll be special guest performances of Dylan classics by Steve Knightley, Jackie Oates, The Henry Girls, Canada’s Meaghan Blanchard, California’s Ooks Of Hazzard plus Mick Ryan & Paul Downes and Pete Morton.

The festival, at Southwell racecourse in Nottinghamshire, kicks off on Thursday June 9th with a special firework party, Irish folk headliners Kila and False Lights on the main stage, plus the launch of the Arts Council-backed alternative stage featuring Glasgow’s James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band, Nottingham’s Same Streets and Latin stars Alejandro Toledo’s Full Attack Band.

On Friday night (10th) Appalachian hillbilly rockers Hayseed Dixie headline a great evening of international music. As well as the Dylan Tribute, Saturday also sees the return of festival favourites Show Of Hands plus diverse acclaimed and award-winning acts such as Vishten from Canada, Mawkin, The Teacups, rising Cornish stars Flats & Sharps and the Jackie Oates Trio. Sunday (12th) will be headlined by the wonderful Eddi Reader with support from the Conservatoire Folk Ensemble, Moulettes, The Jeremiahs, BBC Folk award winners Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys and much more.

There’s also a Southwell Slam poetry competition on the Sunday afternoon to find the Festival Bard for 2016. Budding writers, poets and performers should email Southwellslam@gmail.com to enter.

With five different music stages, great family entertainment, a fine mix of food and drink tents, a craft fair, a beer and cider festival plus pub sessions in town, the 10th Gate To Southwell is guaranteed to be an un-missable long Midlands weekend.

Visit the Gate To Southwell website for more details on festival events – www.gtsf.uk. Or book tickets via http://bit.ly/1TTMFlA

GATE TO SOUTHWELL 10th FESTIVAL FIREWORK PARTY PLUS NOTTINGHAM POP-UP GIG

May 12, 2016   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

There’ll be an explosive start to the Gate To Southwell festival on Thursday June 9th. To celebrate the tenth birthday of the Midlands’ premier acoustic and roots event, there’s an evening of great music plus a firework display at the site near Southwell Racecourse. The fireworks, and free buses between Southwell and the festival site, have been sponsored by Gusto Homes/Becher’s Court, the new development on Southwell’s Burgage.

The opening night party features one of Ireland’s greatest traditional folk acts Kila headlining alongside Jim Moray and Sam Carter’s new band False Lights. Plus there’s the festival’s new “alternative stage” featuring diverse acts such as the Latin passion of Alejandro Toledo’s Full Attack Band, multi-instrumental harmonious four-piece The BeauBowBelles from London, Nottingham’s highly-rated rising indie sons Same Streets, and Glaswegian alt-country stars James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band.

“It promises to be a great start to the 10th birthday weekend,” says festival director Mike Kirrage. “We’ve come a long way since the first festival with less than 500 people attending. This year we’re expecting around 4000 visitors to Southwell over the four days and we’re increasingly attracting great artists from all over the world.”

Following Kila on Thursday, the festival continues with American hillbilly stars Hayseed Dixie headlining on Friday (10th) and English folk roots favourites Show of Hands making a welcome return on Saturday evening (11th). Scotland’s Eddi Reader will bring the tenth celebrations to an emotional and entertaining close on Sunday night (12th).

“We’re extremely grateful for the help we receive to make the festival run smoothly and be successful,” says Mike Kirrage. “There’s a lot of hard work behind the scenes from our committee, stewards and many other volunteers and we really value the support we get from the people and businesses of Southwell and the surrounding region. Long may it continue.”

With five different music stages, great family entertainment, plus the usual fine mix of food and drink tents, a craft fair, a beer and cider festival plus pub sessions in town, the 10th Gate To Southwell (June 9th-12th) is guaranteed to be an unmissable Midlands event.

*To help promote the 10th festival there’s an advance pop-up gig in Nottingham this Saturday night (May 14th) featuring the highly-entertaining Penny Black Remedy with support from Cheshire & The Cat. The venue is Spanky Van Dyke’s at 17 Goldsmith Street, Nottingham NG1 5JT. Doors open at 7.30pm. Tickets £10. Venue contact: 0115 924 3730.

HOMEGROWN TALENT JOIN INTERNATIONAL STARS AT 10th GATE TO SOUTHWELL FESTIVAL

Jan 8, 2016   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

HOMEGROWN TALENT JOIN INTERNATIONAL STARS AT 10th GATE TO SOUTHWELL FESTIVAL JUNE 2016

A bright new wave of young English musical talent will shine at the 10th anniversary Gate To Southwell Festival next June.

Alongside multi-award-winning headline acts Hayseed Dixie, Show Of Hands, Scotland’s Eddi Reader and Ireland’s Kila, the Midlands’ premier acoustic and roots event will showcase eagerly-anticipated performances from acclaimed homegrown talent including young singer-songwriter Ange Hardy, rising bluegrass stars Flats & Sharps, the youthful acapella quartet The Teacups, Birmingham’s inspiring and entertaining Conservatoire Folk Ensemble (returning by popular demand) and, one of the most acclaimed acts of 2015, Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys.

Recently described as “absolutely brilliant” by Mike Harding, as a teenager Sam was a runner up on Britain’s Got Talent, losing out to Ashleigh and Pudsey the dog in 2012!! His presence in June, alongside diverse other bright young acts, will build on Gate to Southwell’s growing reputation for developing new talent. In previous years, The Young’uns and Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar have used the festival as a career springboard. In common with these two award winning acts Sam has great audience rapport, which will no doubt be boosted by Ciaran’s presence in his current band.

There’s also the “folk rock explosion” False Lights, a new band featuring award-winners Jim Moray and Sam Carter, who take the spirit of the Sixties and create fresh sounds somewhere between Fairport Convention, Radiohead and Queens Of The Stone Age. BBC folk radio DJ Mark Radcliffe described their 2015 debut LP ‘Salvor’ – recorded in deepest Lincolnshire – as “quite brilliant”. Jim’s sister, the singer and fiddler Jackie Oates – previously of the Unthanks and The Imagined Village – returns to Southwell with her trio, following the success of her own album ‘The Spyglass & The Herringbone’.

Further developing the festival’s international reputation for eclectic acoustic roots music, there are great names from much further afield. Following an autumn reconnaissance trip to Prince Edward Island, Canada, by two of the festival organizers, there are the first English appearances by the extraordinary French-Canadian multi-instrumental trio Vishtèn and the flame-haired country singer- songwriter and superb guitarist Meaghan Blanchard.

Plus, being flown in specially to headline at The Ukulele Festival of Great Britain, the following weekend, Southwell welcomes the bizarre Californian nine-piece act Ooks Of Hazzard whose covers of rock classics by Led Zeppelin, Bad Company and Lynyrd Skynyrd have brought the uke players “worldwide attention” (according to the LA Times).

Other acts already announced to appear at the tenth festival celebrations, which runs from Thursday 9th until Sunday 12th June 2016, include the popular trad-Irish-meets-Americana of Donegal’s The Henry Girls, the electrifying dance energy of Hérétique and the “charismatic psychedelic classical folk” of Brighton’s Moulettes.

The Jeremiahs

Dec 6, 2015   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

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The Jeremiahs combine traditional and contemporary sounds to create their own brand of Urban Folk music. Since founding in 2013 the quartet have trailblazed across Ireland and Europe playing some of the top venues and Festivals.

Joe Gibney   Vocals/whistle

Brian Corry    Tin whistle/Flute

James Ryan Guitar/Bouzouki

Jean Christophe Morel Fiddle/Mandola

“One of the freshest bands in Irish traditional music” Séan Laffey Irish Music Magazine

’Superb musicians who engage with their audience to produce a memorable show, definitely not to be missed. Irish Music at its very best.’ Charles Devlin, Director Ireby Festival”

 

November Newsletter

Nov 5, 2015   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

Super Early Bird Tickets Ending!

Please act fast if you want to get hold of Super Early Bird tickets – they have sold quickly and remember “when they’re gone…they’re gone!”.
It is likely that they will sell out in the next day or two. We will then move on to Early Bird prices.

Headliners already announced

It will be the first appearance for Irish world music band Kila along with False Lights  – the exciting new band created by Jim Moray and Sam Carter – as double header forThursday night.
The original bluegrass rockers Hayseed Dixie headline on Friday. English folk legendsShow Of Hands headline on Saturday and Scotland’s first lady of song, Eddi Reader, closes the main stage on Sunday.
Other acts already announced include Brighton’s sophisticated and unpredictable Moulettes, the award-winning Jackie Oates Trio, and festival favourites Donegal’s The Henry Girls.  Plus there’ll be loads more acts announced soon.

Dylan @ 75

As part of our 10th Anniversary celebrations, we are holding a special concert “Dylan @ 75”. On 24th May 2016 Bob Dylan will be 75.  A couple of weeks later, on Saturday 11th June, we will mark the occasion at the Gate to Southwell Festival with a special show featuring many of the festival artists playing their favourite Dylan songs – and with a house band lead by Jim Moray. It is surely not to be missed.
Watch out for further anniversary news coming soon!

Call For Stewards…

Rosie Garner is delighted to be back organising the stewards next year after her sabbatical last year. We need stewards for set-up (MondayThursday) to help with preparations, as well as about 150 stewards for the weekend and for the clear-up process.
Application Forms are available on the website here.
Whether you have stewarded before or want to try it out, we would love to hear from you.

Liftshare

Nov 3, 2015   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

We have teamed up with Liftshare to make car-sharing to the festival easier. Details on our website here:
 http://southwellfolkfestival.org.uk/info/find-us/

“…without a doubt, a superb festival…”

Jun 17, 2015   //   by Michael Stevenson   //   News  //  No Comments

Folk Radio UK has published the first in a series of reviews of Gate to Southwell 2015.  Here is their intro, and link to the review

“In part one of our live review of Gate to Southwell Festival Johnny takes in top performances from Ranagri, The Hot Seats, Chris Wood, Billy Bragg & The Young’uns. It was, without a doubt, a superb festival and we have more to come! ”

http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2015/06/gate-to-southwell-festival-part-1/

 

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