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Big Top Up – Weather Glorious and Looking Good

Jun 1, 2013   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

The site build has started with our brand new cosy sized big top  up and looking brilliant!

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May 2, 2013   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

Five thousand visitors are expected to attend this summer’s Gate to Southwell Folk Festival in Nottinghamshire bringing a welcome boost to the local economy.

Some of the best artists from the British and International Celtic, folk and roots music scenes will be performing on the site (near Southwell’s National Trust Workhouse) between June 6th and 9th including multi-award-winning headline acts such as Oysterband, Show of Hands, Home Service, Eliza Carthy & Jim Moray, Roddy Woomble and, from Canada, Genticorum and Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys.

Alongside these established acts, the Midlands’ premier music event has also attracted bright new talent like BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Luke Jackson and Jess Morgan, who’s been championed by BBC DJ Steve Lamacq. Derby-born Lucy Ward – the singer /songwriter guitarist and concertina player, who featured on the BBC’s Inside Out – returns to Southwell by popular demand.

Also on the bill, there’s the newly-reformed Faustus, British folk’s best double act Tim Edey & Brendan Power and the award-winning Rura from Scotland. Ireland is well represented by multi-instrumentalist Niamh Ni Charra, sibling trio The Henry Girls and in-demand guitarist John Doyle.

Plus there’ll be many other eclectic acts such as the Derby-based acoustic collective The Open Road, Western swing combo Rip Roaring Success, fine purveyors of Celtic & English traditional folk like Newcastle’s Chloe’s Passion and Liverpool’s Galloway Culbert & Doyle, and the prohibition-era decadent jazz-swing sound of The Chuck Pinkett Quintett.

In addition to ceilidhs, musicians’ workshops and puppet shows, this family-friendly, volunteer-run community festival also promises a beer and cider festival, craft and food stalls, street theatre, sculpture in the woods and a children’s festival.

Guaranteed to provide a great long weekend of music, song, dance and fun, at the Workhouse site and other locations throughout Southwell, tickets are selling fast but still available via the website – For more information call 01636 816678.

Tunes Workshops Now Available

Apr 15, 2013   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

The book for our our popular Tunes Workshops is now available to download along with a selection of MP3s. Details available here

Provisional Workshop Programme Announced

Mar 30, 2013   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

The provisional programme of workshops is now available. More detail and more workshops to come.

The Open Road added to line-up

Mar 30, 2013   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

The latest addition to the bill are Derby based collective The Open Road

Two More Trios Added to Line-up

Mar 21, 2013   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

Two more bands,have been added to the bill. Both are  from the Liverpool/Wirral area but that’s where the similarity ends. Galloway, Culbert and Doyle play traditional English music. Rip-Roaring Success are a hot western swing combo.

Horizon Award and Young Folk Award nominee added to line-up

Mar 14, 2013   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

The hugely talented up and coming singer songwriter Luke Jackson who was nominated in two categories in the 2013 BBC Folk Awards has been added to the bill.

Children’s Festival details posted

Mar 14, 2013   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

Full details of the children’s and family events and activities are now on the site. See ‘What’s On’ for details.

More Young Artists Booked

Mar 7, 2013   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

Latest additions to the weekend line-up are two bands who both got together whilst studying at music colleges. Heavily influenced by post-prohibition era jazz and modern swing revival, the Chuck Pinkett Quintett formed at the University of Westminster in spring 2011.

Chloe’s Passion are a trio playing a mixture of Scottish, Irish and English traditional music. They are all students on the folk degree course at Newcastle University and include in their number Niamh Boadle formerly of Tri and no stranger to Southwell, having performed at the last two festivals.


Steve Tilston to perform Saturday

Feb 19, 2013   //   by mikekirrage   //   News  //  No Comments

Joining the list of top British songwriters lined up for this year’s festival which already includes John Tams, Roddy Woomble, Pete Morton and Steve Knightley we can now announce that Steve Tilston will be performing on Saturday. The joint winner (with Bella Hardy) of best original song  in the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Steve is also a fantastic guitarist who we are  really looking forward to welcoming to Southwell.

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