21st Sep, 2018

All roads lead to Warwick Folk Festival for roots music fans

Ian Hughes 4th Jul, 2018

WARWICK Folk Festival will be tuning up with the best in roots music from July 26 to 29.

The family friendly festival will be welcoming some of some of the biggest names on the world folk music stage to the main site at Warwick School, and there will also be lots of fringe events taking place in and around the town.

The festival starts on the Thursday night with Jon Boden & Remnant Kings. Jon was previously lead singer with the multi-award-winning Bellowhead, and will be returning to Warwick with another heavyweight big band.

Also on Thursday, Will Pound brings his Through the Seasons show – featuring music and dance – as heard recently on BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4.

On Friday, there will be fiery sounds from Canada’s Vishtèn, and the best of Irish with Daoirí Farrell.

Saturday will see roots superstars Show of Hands take to the main stage performing with long term collaborator Miranda Sykes on double bass.

Also on Saturday, Basque outfit Korrontzi will make a festival return by popular demand.

And frenetic fiddler Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys will be joining the festival on Sunday.

More than 100 other artists will be performing throughout the festival including rising folkstars Granny’s Attic, songwriting duo Megson, and comedian poet Les Barker.

There will plenty of English traditional dance from morris to clog sides performing at the school and in the town centre.

And there will also be thee opportunity to ceilidh the night away with an eclectic mix of dance bands – from contra and folk rock to an electronica-hip-hop-trad mash up.

Participation is at the heart of the festival, and as well as song and music sessions throughout the day and night, visitors can learn new skills at workshops from sketching to playing the ukulele.

Families are well catered for with perennial festival favourites Panic Circus, puppetry from Hand to Mouth Theatre, and mad cap antics with Keith Donnelly and Dan the Hat.

The packed programme will also feature lectures, a craft and music fair, and the festival would not be complete without a real ale, and with a nod to current tastes, there will even be a wine and prosecco bar.

Festival director Dick Dixon said: “This year’s festival really has got something for everyone and tickets are selling better than ever.

“As well as festival favourites such as Show of Hands, we’ve got a fabulous dance line up, both dance teams and ceilidhs, including local hero Will Pound, and a great range of workshops including the return of our friends from our twinned festival in Cork. If you’ve also wanted to try a new instrument or dance step – here’s your chance.”

Residents with a CV34 postcode can again get a 20 per cent discount on tickets (proof of address will be needed when collecting tickets). To book online use code CV342018. A maximum of four tickets per household allowed.

Visit www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk for tickets – full weekend, evening and day tickets – and further details on the festival. Tickets are also available from the Bridge House Theatre Box Office by calling 01926 776438.

 

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