THE FOLK on the Water Festival once again slips its moorings for two weeks of free gigs along the Warwickshire canals
The fifth annual festival starts at The Cape of Good Hope in Warwick on Saturday (June 21), before the boat moves on for gigs in Leamington (The Grand Union – June 22), Long Itchington (The Two Boats – June 26), Stockton (The Boat – June 27), Napton (The Folly – June 28 and 29), Braunston (The Admiral Nelson – July 3), before finishing in Harborough Magna (The Old Lion – July 5) before finishing in Harborough Magna. All gigs run from 7pm to 10.30pm.
This year the tour will be raising awareness and funds for Zoë’s Place Hospice in Coventry, and Ollie’s Yard Equine Sanctuary (OYES).
Over 100 artists will be taking part in the 15 day festival, including hit songwriter Fiona Bevan who with Ed Sheeran wrote the song Little Things which became a number-one single for boy band phenomena One Direction. As well as performing, Fiona will be holding a Songwriting for Girls workshop aboard the festival boat, supplied by Kate Boats of Warwick.
The crew and artists live aboard a large narrow boat for the duration of the festival which travels to each of the venues along Warwickshire’s Grand Union canal.
Folk on the Water was officially recognised at the National Music festival Awards in 2012 and is the longest event in the UK’s festival calendar. Visit www.folkonthewater.co.uk for a full programme.