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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.
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 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.
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.
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