Jools opens folk festival

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TICKETS are selling fast for the three-day Gate to Southwell Folk Festival, which this year takes place a week earlier than usual to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee bank holiday weekend.

The event is being launched by Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, who will perform on 1st June. Three days later, the popular musician will perform the Queen Victoria Memorial outside Buckingham Palace.

Along with Jools Holland, Australian roots duo Hat Fitz and Cara Robinson are making a return appearance. Also on the bill are young Welsh band Calan, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, the BBC Horizon Award winner Lucy Ward and acapella group The Wilson Family.

l Tickets are on sale at The Minster Shop and Woodlanders in Southwell, at RST Music in Newark, at Dave Mann Music on Mansfield Road in Nottingham or by calling (01636) 812933. Alternatively visit www.southwellfolkfestival.org.uk.