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Stormy Weather Boys to Perform

May 15, 2014   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

Local Shanty group The Stormy Weather Boys will again be with us, performing in the Final Whistle on Sunday. Despite the name there was no adverse effect on climatic conditions, so hopefully we’ll get some great weather again this year!

Festival clothing now available to buy online

May 9, 2014   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

We are pleased to announce the arrival of our Gate to Southwell Folk Festival T-Shirts, Polos and Hoodies, available to buy now via our website.

Click here for more information and to buy online.

Chaplins Floot Street and Sera Added to Bill

May 1, 2014   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

Latest additions to the line-up are The Chaplins, this year’s winners of the Danny Kyle Stage at Celtic Connections, Floot Street a traditional music trio from the Midlands and Sera, a young  singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Caernarfon in North Wales.

Cupola and Cupola:Ward to perform on Friday

Mar 3, 2014   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments


We are pleased to announce that the Friday ceilidh will be hosted by Derby based Cupola. Later the same evening they will be joined by Southwell favourite Lucy Ward for a concert spot. The Liam Robinson Dance Band have been switched to Sunday and will perform alongside Liam’s friends Kadri Laube and Marju Varblane for a Lincolnshire meets Estonia ceilidh with a difference!

Jim Causley and Shadrack Tye added

Mar 3, 2014   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments


Jim Causley

Jim Causley

Former frontman of festival favourites Mawkin:Causley and one of the finest singers on the English folk scene, Jim Causley has been booked for  Saturday and Sunday. Three piece family outfit Shadrack Tye who describe their music as “indie folk with eclectic influences and a bit of a twist” will perform on Sunday.

More great guitarists booked

Mar 2, 2014   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

Adding to an impressive list of guitar players which already includes jazz and blues legend Woody Mann and Nancy Grifiths’ sideman Pete Kennedy  we have now confirmed West Midlands guitar maestro Madi Stimpson who plays anything from Charlie Parker to Chet Atkins and Mozart and Dorset based singer songwriter and fine fingerstyle and lap steel guitarist Alex Roberts.

Hicks & Goulbourn and Maniere des Bohemiens added

Mar 2, 2014   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments
Manière des Bohémiens

Manière des Bohémiens

Two of our favourite local acts will be making a welcome return over the weekend, ace guitarist Steve Hicks with partner Lynn Goulbourn and gypsy jazz band Manière des Bohémiens

JC & Angelina, The Dovetail Trio and The Tundra added to bill

Mar 1, 2014   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments
J.C. & Angelina

J.C. & Angelina

Brother and sister duo JC & Angelina from the Isle of Wight, who specialize in old time jazz, country and blues have been added to the line-up for Friday and Saturday. Also performing Friday and Saturday is English trad. threesome The Dovetail Trio, comprising Jamie Roberts, Rosie Hood and Matt Quinn.. Three piece progressive folk trio The Tundra from South Wales have been added to the weekend line-up

BBC Award Winners Play Southwell This Summer

Feb 26, 2014   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

Three prize-winning acts acclaimed at the recent BBC Folk Awards 2014 are set for the Southwell Folk Festival this summer, confirming its place as one of England’s best annual music events.
Alongside Bella Hardy, who won the coveted Best Folk Singer award, there’s also Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar who collected the Horizon Award, and rising stars the Mischa Macpherson Trio who were named Young Folk Artists Of The Year.

BBC Young Folk Award Winners, The Mischa Macpherson Trio

BBC Young Folk Award Winners, The Mischa Macpherson Trio

The Southwell music event (June 5th to 8th) is clearly going from strength to strength having received a prestigious Festival of the Year award from influential Fatea magazine. It’s even been described as “the biggest little folk festival in Britain”.
Headline acts will include The Bills from Canada’s West Coast and Scotland’s Treacherous Orchestra, an eleven piece roots supergroup who were nominated for Best Act in the BBC awards. Vin Garbutt and Martyn Joseph will be making welcome returns to Southwell and, commemorating the centenary of the Great War, there’s also the premiere of A Day’s Work, Mick Ryan’s folk opera. Plus The Sojourners, a much-acclaimed gospel trio from Vancouver, will bring something soulful and different to Nottinghamshire.
Other top line performers include the Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson Big Band, jazz and blues guitar legend Woody Mann, American duo The Kennedys and Jools Holland favourite, boogie-woogie pianist Ben Waters. The young Huddersfield “sci-fi folk” band Maia have also been added to an already eclectic line-up.
Early Bird tickets are still available until midnight this Friday February 28th from

Maia added to line-up

Feb 18, 2014   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

Alternative young, acoustic 4 piece band Maia have been added to the weekend bill. Expect gentle melodies, eclectic material and a great stage presence.

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