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A great line-up is in store for this year’s Festival.

Weekend and day tickets are on sale now, with a discount on weekend tickets before May 1; we’re having a few problems with PayPal, but you can go to Box Office, download a booking form and send us a cheque. Individual concert tickets will go on sale later – watch the website for details.


Friday evening, June 15, the event kicks off at 8pm with double Folk Award winner Seth Lakeman in the marquee, supported by local five-piece band Elbow Jane and Dave Dove. Sure to be a sell-out, so book early! At the same time the ever-popular Family Mahone with Mark Radcliffe will liven up the British Legion with their never-ending supply of drinking songs, and there is a Family Ceilidh in the Civic Hall with Dave Hunt and Happenstance.


Saturday afternoon, June 16 ...


...in the Marquee sees supergroup Blazin’ Fiddles, some of the hottest young fiddle players from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, supported by Stoke-based Queensberry Rules and folk legend Ashley Hutchings – prolific songwriter and founder of, among others, Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and The Albion Band - with his quartet Rainbow Chasers. In the evening the spectacular and energetic Demon Barber Roadshow, mixing folk music, rapper, clog and Morris dancing, top the bill with support from acoustic duo Breeze & Wilson and folk-rock quintet Full House. The Civic Hall hosts the Festival Ceilidh with Peeping Tom and caller Mick Peat.


If you’re still surviving, Sunday afternoon, June 17, in the Marquee gives you The New Rope String Band; formed from the remnants of the Old Rope String Band, they play – in their own words - a big assortment of things and all sorts of hoedown pan-celtic old-timey up-beat down-home music. All combined with bizarre physical nonsense and clowning about. And singing. And dancing. They will be supported by comedy and music from the perennial Richard Digance, and another appearance by the Demon Barbers (no Roadshow this time, just some music). And on Sunday evening the amazing duo (possibly trio at MFAB) Show of Hands will round off the Festival with the able support of De Develeski and a never-heard-before combination of PJ Wright and Thom Kirkpatrick, which is sure to be a winner whatever they come up with. 


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