Music festival attracts renowned musicians from across the UK
PUBLISHED: 15:52 19 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:03 19 June 2017
A Hertfordshire village’s music festival next month will be a celebration of the UK’s rich cultural traditions.
Kimpton’s second folk festival has attracted renowned folk artists from around the country.
Artists from all corners will descend on the Hertfordshire village on Saturday, July 1 to share a rich variety of regional cultures and traditions.
Headlining will be Jez Lowe from County Durham, a gifted performer renowned for his skill in weaving humorous and poignant human stories into his songs.
Known and respected throughout the world, Jez will be performing with his band The Bad Pennies.
From the other end of the country, twins Laura and Charlotte Carrivick, gifted musicians, will be in Herts to share their music inspired by the folklore and legends of South Devon.
From Ireland comes flautist Jacquelyn Hynes with her enchanting trio, and from Birmingham, exciting septet The Fair Rain, who are currently taking the folk music scene by storm.
Expect to hear a lot more of them very soon.
And rapidly evolving into a major figure on the UK folk scene, with appearances on BBC Newsnight, Radio 4’s Front Row and Radio 3’s In Tune, is Ewan McLennan, who recently worked with George Monbiot on a project examining loneliness.
And from Norwich come trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood, with uplifting songs from both sides of the Atlantic.
Widely acclaimed, their latest album won the Folk Roots magazine ‘Editors’ Choice’ Award.
From closer to home, in London, come Ben Smith and Jimmy Brewer, a duo first brought together by the great Joan Armatrading.
Their concert at last year’s Kimpton festival brought the house down, and they are back by popular demand.
Reigniting old folk favourites is the renowned Sam Kelly and the Lost Boys, recent winners of the BBC Radio 2 ‘Horizon’ Award.
Catch them headlining the final concert in the Memorial Hall at 8pm.
From Guildford and Australia comes Martyn Wyndham-Read – long respected as one of the great voices of British folk.
Martyn will be presenting the songs and story of Australia’s great writer Henry Lawson.
Completing the line-up this year is the wacky and wonderful Wild Willy Barrett and his French Connetion – a kind of jazz, blues, folk and thrash fusion – and local songbird Emily Slade, an important new voice on the folk scene.
The festival has three stages, a series of instrumental workshops on fiddle, guitar and songwriting, Morris dancing, street food, real ale bars and a plethora of children’s entertainment, including face painting, storytelling, and Maypole dancing lessons.
Afternoon tickets are £20, with individual concert prices on the website at www.kimptonfolk.uk