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Folk Stars Heading to Jinney Ring Festival

Some of the UK’s best folk acts will be heading to Hanbury for the Jinney Ring Craft Centre’s annual festival. Headlining the festival programme on Saturday, June 24 will be celebrated songwriters Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman – twice winners of the BBC Radio 2 folk award for best duo and acclaimed for their wide-ranging acoustic repertoire. The event will […]

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Fairport Convention: pioneering folkrock band’s fiftieth anniversary on 27 May 2017

Fairport Convention: pioneering folkrock band’s fiftieth anniversary on 27 May 2017 When Fairport Convention, the legendary band which originated British folk-rock, takes the stage on Saturday 27 May 2017 it will be fifty years to the day since their first-ever gig. The birthday concert takes place at the Union Chapel in Islington just a few miles from the Golders Green […]

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The Association of Festival Organisers launches AFO Conference 2017

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The Association of Festival Organisers (AFO) invites anyone working in the festival and events industry, either as a professional or volunteer, to join them for the 31st AFO Conference on 10-12 November 2017 at Ettington Chase Conference Centre, Stratford-upon-Avon. Steve Heap, General Secretary of AFO says “We are excited to launch AFO Conference 2017.  We have some great speakers and […]

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Cambridge Folk Festival announces new names including Lisa Hannigan and Martin Simpson

Lisa Hannigan

Cambridge Folk Festival is delighted to reveal exciting new additions to this year’s bill, including Lisa Hannigan and Martin Simpson. They join a line-up that brings together up and coming artists and established folk legends in the grounds of Cherry Hinton Hall. First capturing attention through her work with Damien Rice, Mercury Award nominated Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan’s subsequent solo […]

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Lifetime Achievement Award for Sarah McQuaid at Ards International Guitar Festival

At last week’s Ards International Guitar Festival, Sarah McQuaid was presented with the festival’s annual Lifetime Achievement Award. Previous recipients over the festival’s 20-year history include legendary guitarists Davey Graham, John Renbourn, John Martyn, Arty McGlynn, Martin Simpson, Gordon Giltrap, Pierre Bensusan and Martin Carthy. Sarah recalls her initially annoyed reaction when compère Ralph McLean of BBC Radio Ulster and […]

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Folk legends Spiers and Knight return to the Suffolk festival that saw their exclusive debut

A unique collaboration between folk legends Peter Knight and John Spiers, seen for the first time at FolkEast 2016, will return to the fast-rising East Anglian festival this August. The three day festival at the glorious 300-acre Suffolk estate of 16th century Glemham Hall witnessed the debut performance of the pair on the Broad Roots stage on opening night last […]

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