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Three Days Of Fabulous Folk Music To Delight All Fans
Some of the finest folk artists around will be converging on a Staffordshire city later this year when the Lichfield Festival of Folk takes centre stage over the course of three days. Otherwise known as L2F, the Lichfield Festival of Folk is an annual event organised by the city's Lichfield Arts. The aim of the festival, which runs from Friday 13 October to Sunday 15 October, is to provide an opportunity to appreciate the very best in folk music in a friendly and welcoming environment. As well as a leading array of folk musicians and singers, the festival also sets out to be inclusive by allowing people to take part in folk-related activities and also encourage new talent by running a song writing competition.

Jon Boden
Former Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden headlines on Friday night

Lichfield Festival of Folk takes place in two historic landmarks within the city, namely Lichfield Cathedral and Lichfield Guildhall. The festival opens with a Friday night concert in Lichfield Cathedral on October which will be headlined by Jon Boden, the former frontman of Bellowhead. Jon was one of the founding members of Bellowhead for more than 12 very successful years before embarking on a solo career which has resulted in two solo albums, Songs from the Flood Plan, and the recently released Painted Lady Show. Jon, who plays the fiddle and guitar as well as sings, will be supported at Lichfield Cathedral by Wildfire Folk, who officially kick-off the festival at 7.15pm on Friday 13 October.

A Different Thread
A Different Thread can be seen on Saturday afternoon

Although Jon will be a hard act to follow, the folk festival then moves on to the Lichfield Guildhall in the city centre for the remaining two days of music. The entertainment is scheduled to start in the Guildhall on Saturday 14 October with Steve Plowright starting things off at 12 noon, followed by The Rye Sisters and A Different Thread. The music then continues on into Saturday evening, starting with double act Karen Pfeiffer and Paul Walker at 6.30pm and being concluded later in the night by headliners Faustus.

Saturday night headliners Faustus

Then, on the final day of the folk festival on Sunday 15 October, again in Lichfield Guildhall, the proceedings get underway at midday with the Lichfield Arts Song Writing Competition final. That will be followed by several live acts ranging from Unsung Roots to the legendary veteran performer Julie Felix, before folk band Sheelanagig round things off in the evening, which starts at 7pm with Sean Lakeman and Katherine Roberts.

Julie Felix
Folk legend Julie Felix is one not to be missed

Full details of the folk festival can be found by visiting the Musical Programme page of the official website, which contains the full line up of acts and times of performances. Tickets for the whole three days of the festival cost 65, but people can obtain an Early Bird ticket for just 55 if they purchase them before July 31. Day ticket prices have been held at 22 for the Jon Boden concert at Lichfield Cathedral on Friday 13 October, and 30 for the whole day on either Saturday and Sunday. Alternatively, an afternoon ticket on Saturday or Sunday costs 15 and an evening ticket 20. There are concessions for those under the age of 18.

Sheelanagig bring the festival to a close on Sunday night

Folk Festival line-up

Friday 13 October - Lichfield Cathedral

7.15pm Wildfire Folk
8pm Jon Boden

Saturday 14 October - Lichfield Guildhall

12pm Steve Plowright
12.40 pm The Rye Sisters
1.30pm A Different Thread
2.20pm Sammy Carter and the Vagabond Collective
3.20pm Anthony John Clarke
4.35pm Merry Hell Acoustic

6.30pm Paul Walker and Karen Pfeiffer
7.20pm Philip Henry and Hannah Martin
9pm Faustus

Lichfield Guildhall
Lichfield Guildhall provides the venue over Saturday and Sunday

Sunday 15 October - Lichfield Guildhall


12pm L2F Songwriting Competition Final
1.10pm Unsung Roots
2.05pm Threaded
3pm James Brothers
4.20pm Songwriting Competition Declaration of Winners
5pm Julie Felix


7pm Sean Lakeman & Kathryn Roberts
8.35pm Sheelanagig
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Why? Three Days Of Fabulous Folk Music
When: 13 - 15 October 2017
Phone: 01543 262223
Where: Lichfield Guildhall, Bore Street, Lichfield WS13 6LU
Cost: Full festival ticket costs 65 or 55 before July 31
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