More acts announced for award winning Sark Folk Festival
Sark Folk Festival organisers have released details of a number of acts for this year’s festival. This news is announced as Sark Folk Festival wins a national award for Best Festival 2013. The festival, which is already a sell-out, will take place on 5-7 July 2013. A Folkal Point fundraiser featuring UK bluegrass band, the Leon Hunt n-tet, takes place at the Fermain Tavern on Friday 19 April. Organisers have also confirmed that the festival will take place in a new location in the south west of the island – home of Ronaldo the Horse, star of ‘An Island Parish’.
Acts confirmed are:
Seth Lakeman www.sethlakeman.co.uk
World famous singer-songwriter and virtuouso fiddler – need we say more?
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman www.kathrynrobertsandseanlakeman.com
Seth’s brother, and his partner Kathryn – two of the most accomplished performers on the folk scene.
Centred in English tradition but with a contemporary edge, Tyde deliver modern, punchy, danceable tunes, carefully arranged songs and intricate, emotional slow sets
The Willows www.thewillowsband.co.uk
Regularly compared to the likes of Alison Krauss & Union Station and Laura Marling, their musical style pulls influence from both Americana and UK Folk traditions.
Hat Fitz and Cara www.hatfitz.net
Winners of the Spiral Earth Best Blues Album Award 2013, for their album, Wiley Ways.
O’Hooley and Tidow www.ohooleyandtidow.com
We are very pleased to welcome back ‘BEST DUO’ finalists of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013
Emily Portman www.emilyportman.co.uk
Nominated for a BBC Folk Award 2013 for ‘BEST ORIGINAL SONG’
Rachel and Lilias www.rachelandlillias.com
Rachel and Lillias’ music draws on influences from the Highlands of Scotland to the Borders and beyond, incorporating both Gaelic and English songs with traditional and contemporary melodies.
The Moulettes www.moulettes.co.uk
“This delicious music is played with acoustic virtuosity…Complex and beautiful…Intriguing and unique” **** MOJO
This exciting band embrace a wide range of musical styles including Gaelic and Scots song, bagpipes, whistles, fiddle, guitar, bouzouki, bass, clarinet and piano.
The Whisky River Boat Band www.facebook.com/whiskyriverboatband
File under “Adventure Folk” – Bringing the spirit of the Rivers, Mountains and Seas to your door and back again.
Organisers also confirmed there will be a large number of local acts. Full details of these will be released soon, but local favourites such as The Barley Dogs, The Space Pirates of Rocquaine and The John Wesley Stone will be on the bill.
For festival supporters who cannot wait until the festival on 5-7 July 2013, the next Folkal Point will be held at the Fermain Tavern on Friday 19 April 2013. Headlining the night will be stars from the 2012 festival, the Leon Hunt n-Tet. Leon Hunt is one of the UK’s foremost banjo players, having worked with greats such as Michael McGoldrick and Kate Rusby. He will be joined by his bluegrass band, the n-Tet (www.leonhuntntet.com). Tickets for the event are available at www.sarkfolkfestival.com, priced at £10. Doors open at 7.30pm.
The festival, which is in just its fourth year, was one of four nominees for the Best Festival category of the Spiral Awards 2013 and competed against Cambridge Folk Festival, Beautiful Days and the Maverick festivals. The winner was decided by a public vote and organisers, Spiral Earth, announced that the winner was Sark Folk Festival on 14 March.
Details have also been released for the site of this year’s festival. This year the event will be based in the south west side of the island, with breath-taking views across to France, Jersey and Guernsey. The field is normally home to Ronaldo the Horse, star of the recent BBC2 series An Island Parish (and now Facebook, too: www.facebook.com/ronaldo.sark). Always accommodating, the popular horse will be kindly vacating the field for the weekend.
As in previous years, there will be three stages, Alligande, Vermerette and Tintageu, all named after sea-faring landmarks from the Bailiwick, as well Les Burons, a workshop and dance area. There will be a host of other activities dotted around the island as well.
“Having the festival in a new location allows us to showcase another part of this beautiful island” said festival founder, Simon Harvey. “ We are immensely grateful for all the support we receive from islanders to make this event a success – and in particular all the landowners who have given us access to wonderful locations every year, making the festival so magical. The festival is a not-for-profit event that relies entirely on volunteers and the community really pulls together to help us get everything into shape. The award we received is a tribute to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved, and we really hope it helps to raise the profile of this special place”
Sark Folk Festival
Isle of Sark, Channel Islands, UK
Friday 5 July – Sunday 7 July 2013
Tickets are now sold out
Folkal Point featuring the Leon Hunt n-Tet (support to be confirmed)
Fermain Tavern, Guernsey
Friday 19 April 2013, 7.30pm
Tickets £10 from www.sarkfolkfestival.com
Spiral Earth Awards
Winner of the Best Festival Award 2013: Sark Folk Festival
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