Beverley Folk Festival Confirm Major Line Up
20th - 22nd June 2008
Beverley Folk Festival is expecting a massive demand for tickets after three of its major acts booked to appear at this year’s event swept the board at the BBC RADIO 2’s FOLK AWARDS.
MARTIN SIMPSON scooped Best Album and Best Original Song, ANDY CUTTING won Best Musician while rising stars on the scene RACHEL UNTHANK & THE WINTERSET ran away with the Horizon Award for emerging new talent. Scunthorpe-born Martin was also nominated for Folk Singer and Musician of the Year while Rachel was nominated for three other awards, Best Group, Best Album and Best Live Act.
Festival Organiser Cally Barker said “We are delighted that our festival programme will combine such a mix of experienced and new talent on the folk scene. There will be something for everyone at this 25th birthday extravaganza.”
Artists confirmed include legendary English punk rockers, Buzzcocks, Dave Swarbrick’s Whippersnapper, which is reforming to celebrate the festival’s anniversary. 25 years ago the festival’s headline act included local artists The Waterson’s, this year Waterson:Carthy with family member Mike Waterson will revisit the festival, as will Michael McGoldrick and his excellent Irish band, and festival favourites Chumbawumba. Also appearing are musicians Roy Bailey and the ever charismatic Tony Benn who will perform ‘The Writing on the Wall’, a thrilling history of political dissent from the 14th Century to the present day.
Bringing the weekend’s celebrations to an end will be the wonderful Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, who will be visiting Beverley for the first time. As the festival aims to encompass a broader audience and to make music of all types accessible to everyone, it is delighted to welcome to the programme , internationally acclaimed violin player, Tasmin Little, who recently announced her campaign to “meet the challenge of reaching those people who tend to switch off at the words ‘classical music’, (The Independent). Little, aims to do this through her offer of three tracks from her latest album, ‘The Naked Violin’, free as a download from her website.
To add a lighter side to the festival we welcome for the first time the charismatic John Shuttleworth who will be bringing his documentary film “It’s Nice up North” to educate festival audiences about the merits of the North of England. Dave Tordoff will also be giving his version of the high life in Goole as seen by a laser screeding contractor! See him to believe him.
Weekend and day tickets are now on sale for the Festival - tickets for individual events will be available shortly. For more information, contact the Festival Hotline on 01377 217 569 or visit the Beverley Folk Festival Website here