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Ely Folk Festival

Ely Folk Festival is a bijou weekend folk and roots music festival that takes place in the wonderful cathedral city of Ely. The festival provides an opportunity to listen to some of the best folk acts around in an intimate and friendly environment. With on-site camping facilities, a real ale …

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Folk by the Oak

Folk by the Oak is just outside London, but feels a million miles away. This one day festival is surrounded by the leafy green parkland of Hatfield House, where you will be immersed in music, history, ancient oaks, bunting, fun and laughter.  From the intimacy of our Acorn Stage to the open …

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The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Blackthorpe Barn 17th May 2017 Where to begin?  Indulge me for a moment, whilst I put last night’s performance in a personal context.  I had avoided any show previews or previous reviews.  I knew nothing about this play before last night.  Also, it is not long since I discovered the …

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Grapevine’s Festival of the Year 2017

Grapevine is delighted to announce their inaugural Music & Arts Festival Guide – Festival of the Year is FolkEast FolkEast is one of the younger festivals in East Anglia but has the feel of an event that has been around since time immemorial.  The quality of musicianship on display over …

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Shake The Chains

Shake the Chains The Britten Studio, Snape Maltings Saturday 25th February 2017 As a child of the 60s – possibly the best decade for the protest song, I often ask about the protest songs of today. They are buried, it seems, under the plethora of instant fix, talent-less shows which …

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FolkEast First Acts

Eliza Carthy at FolkEast 2016

Growing in stature every year, East Anglia’s fast-rising FolkEast is back for the sixth time this August, proving why it is nothing like other music festivals. The three day festival will return to the glorious 300-acre Suffolk estate of 16th century Glemham Hall, the home of Major Philip Hope-Cobbold, between August …

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Cambridge Folk Festival 2017

Cambridge Folk Festival has just revealed the first artists for next year’s bill including one of Britain’s most exciting talents Jake Bugg, who the Festival have invited to return to headline Sunday night with an acoustic set. Jake’s progress from performing in 2012 at the Festival’s smallest stage, The Den, …

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City Roots Headliners

The headliners of the first ever City Roots Festival, an expansion of Cambridge Folk Festival taking place in venues across the city, have just been announced. Internationally-renowned Malian singer songwriter Salif Keita has been confirmed as the closing headliner for the new event, joining previously announced Transatlantic Sessions as part …

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Ferocious Dog

Earlier this year I made my way to the well hidden Folk-in-a-Field just south of King’s Lynn in Norfolk.  Headlining that day were Ferocious Dog who are touring with The Levelers in November and December. Backstage I got a chance to chat with Ken Bonsall and Dan Booth about their …

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Nancy Kerr on Tour

BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year 2015 Nancy Kerr launches her new album INSTAR with a UK tour in September and October 2016. Finding herself increasingly fascinated by the role of the environment as a character in music, literature, art and film, Nancy’s new compositions explore the themes …

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Reflections on FolkEast

Just where do I begin to begin, I’ve not been to this Shindig before which, probably, shows a great lack of judgement on my part, for it really is a jolly thing. I’m sure you know the feeling, that feeling you get when you turn up somewhere new and just …

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Bob Kettle

Bob Kettle plays mandolin and bouzouki with Northern Folk/Rock band Merry Hell.  They will be bringing their brand of folk-rock mayhem to Leiston Film Theatre on Friday October 28th.  They are then back again in Suffolk on Sunday December 4th when they will play an acoustic set at Folk at …

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Cambridge Folk Festival

I’ve lived in Cambridge for over 30 years but this was my first time at the Cambridge Folk Festival and I was keen to experience this legendary event for myself.  The festival was started at Cherry Hinton Hall way back in 1965 with ticket sales of 1400, nearly breaking even …

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Faustus

 Four years after their critically-acclaimed album Broken Down Gentlemen, Faustus, the pioneering ‘bloke folk’ trio return with their third release – Death and Other Animals. Here they tackle, head-on, subjects from the Dance of Death to the plight of the common man, sand-swallowed ships to mythical black dogs. ‘One of …

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Knight & Spiers at FolkEast

A unique collaboration between folk legends Peter Knight and John Spiers has been announced for East Anglia’s fast-rising festival FolkEast. The three day festival at the glorious 300-acre Suffolk estate of 16th century Glemham Hall will witness the debut performance of the pair on the Broad Roots stage on opening …

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Ímar in the Garden

Ímar, a new Glasgow-based five-piece band who are opening the Cambridge Folk Festival, are to play an exclusive performance at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden the night before the Festival opens. Festival attendees already in Cambridge on Wednesday 27 July who are too excited to wait until the Festival begins …

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Ely Folk Festival

Festival newbie, Nigel Smith, decided to try out Ely Folk Festival as his first foray into the festival scene.  From his experiences we think this might not be his last festival. This year was my first visit to this long established gathering in sight of the “ship of the fens”, and …

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Cambridge Folk SOLD OUT

Cambridge Live, organisers of the Cambridge Folk Festival, have confirmed that the 2016 event has now completely sold out, continuing a 23 year tradition. Now in its 52nd year, the Cambridge Folk Festival remains one of the most enduring and popular folk festivals in the world, bringing an eclectic mix …

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FolkEast All Wrapped Up

An arboreal artwork that traditionally marks the start of the countdown to East Anglia’s fast-rising FolkEast festival has been unveiled. The annual dressing of a 65 foot dead oak tree on the festival site at Suffolk’s Glemham Hall Estate began in 2013. Visible from the nearby A12, it has become …

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