2014 Festival News
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The first artists have been booked for 2014. The all star supergroup that is Feast of Fiddles will headline and close the final main concert on Sunday evening. Continuing our strong Canadian connection we have booked The Bills, making an all too rare foray to the UK and our first gospel group, the fabulous Sojourners from Vancouver. Vin Garbutt will be returning and we have first appearances for Bella Hardy and The Midnight Watch, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson and the latest Irish sensation Caladh Nua. To commemorate the anniversary of the The Great War the Thursday night will feature the premiere of Mick Ryan’s completely rewritten folk opera “A Day’s Work” with a proposed cast of Pete Morton, Greg Russell, Paul Downes, Heather Bradford, Maggie Boyle, Matt Quinn and of course Mick Ryan.
Lots of other names in the pipeline and we will be announcing more very soon. Early bird adult weekend tickets are the same price as 2013 and weekend extra tickets (to include Thursday) are slightly cheaper than last year! Tickets will be on sale earlier this year, from August, so make sure you buy promptly and get the best rate.
What a festival it was! Superb performance every day, happy faces everywhere you looked. It didn’t rain and occasionally the sun shone. To send in your feedback please follow the link from the ‘Get involved’ tab above.
We’ll also be producing a new video of the 2013 festival and posting photos and performance videos soon.
Photos on the home page by Phil Richards. There’s loads more brilliant photos of this year’s festival here
Video – A quick snapshot of the Festival
Watch our 3 minute video below to get a flavour of what it’s all about. Thanks to Dave Taylor for producing the video.
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Southwell Goes Global!
This year again we provided, via Micro Video, a live stream of the festival. This was made available free-of-charge via the internet live.southwellfolkfestival.org.uk and the streaming allowed for text messages to be sent in to us so that in between the performances, we broadcast messages from family and friends around the world on the giant video screens either side of the main stage. View performance videos of the festival as they become available here.
In the meantime, relive the fantastic finale from Oysterband’s set on Friday night, joined on stage by Faustus, Tim Edey and Brendan Power, Lucy Ward and Pete Morton here
The Festival only happens once a year but live folk and acoustic music is available all year round at many great venues in the area. Here is our new diary of folk events in the area. If you are a promoter or club organiser and want to feature your events in the diary please email your details.Read more »
“Pity … those poor unfortunates who ‘don’t do folk’. They should try a pilgrimage to Southwell. If that doesn’t cure them, then I fear that nothing will.”
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