Thousands expected at Southwell Folk Festival

Oysterband are one of the groups in the line up at the Gate to Southwell Folk Festival
Oysterband are one of the groups in the line up at the Gate to Southwell Folk Festival
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Five thousand visitors are expected to attend this weekend’s Gate to Southwell Folk Festival, bringing a welcome boost to the local economy.

Some of the best artists from the British and International Celtic, folk and roots music scenes will be performing on the site, which is near Southwell Workhouse.

Highlights of the prestigious line-up include multi-award-winners such as Oysterband, Show of Hands, Home Service, Eliza Carthy & Jim Moray, Roddy Woomble and, from Canada, Genticorum and Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys.

Alongside these established acts, the Midlands’ premier music event has also attracted bright new talent like BBC Folk Award winners Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Luke Jackson and Jess Morgan, who’s been championed by BBC DJ Steve Lamacq

Organiser Mike Kirrage said that the festival has grown in both size and status since its debut year in 2007, when 500 people attended.

“Last summer, for the sixth Southwell Folk Festival, over six thousand visitors attended the event over four days,” he said.

“For the growing bands of campers, it’s like a mini Glastonbury in a beautiful and peaceful setting but not too far from civilisation.

“Whatever happens with the unpredictable weather, tropical heatwave or Noah-style downpour, our great colourful marquees should protect festival goers from the elements and enable them to enjoy a memorable weekend of great music, fine food and drink and family-friendly fun.”

Ceilidhs, musicians’ workshops and puppet shows are also on the agenda at this family-friendly, volunteer-run community festival, as are a beer and cider festival, craft and food stalls, street theatre, sculpture in the woods and a children’s festival.

Tickets are still available from

The Gate to Southwell Folk Festival is on from Thursday 6th June until Sunday 9th June.

There are many, many acts scheduled to play over the weekend including: Eliza Carthy & Jim Moray, Oysterband, Faustus, Tim Edey & Brendan Power, Niamh Ni Charra Trio, Lucy Ward, Pete Morton, Jess Morgan, Union Jill, Acushla, Show of Hands, Roddy Woomble, The Henry Girls, Habadekuk Rura, Flossie Malavialle, Monster Ceilidh Band, Sunjay Brayne, Steve Tilston , Tony Wilson, ●Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Johnny and the Raindrops, Matt Pang, Butler Family, Gallows Ghost, Jasper in the Company of Others, Paradise Circus, Home Service, John Doyle, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Genticorum, Matt Andersen, Rura, Goat Roper Rodeo Band, Noisy Oyster, Rip Roaring Success, Jez Hellard & The Djukella Orchestra, Jackson Walker, The Open Road.