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Fabulous Folk Music To Delight Over Three Days Of Festival
A tremendous feast of folk music awaits visitors to Lichfield in Staffordshire when the Lichfield Festival of Folk takes place this weekend.

The festival, otherwise known as L2F, will be held from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 October with some of the finest UK folk outfits performing primarily in the historic Lichfield Guildhall.

Lichfield Festival of Folk, TRADarr
TRADarr will be one of the main bands at the festival (Credit Paul Michael Hughes)

The event, which is organised by Lichfield Arts, aims to provide the very best in folk music as well as offer visitors the chance to participate in folk-related activities.

Among the leading folk musicians and singers taking part over the course of the weekend are Blackbeard's Tea Party, Mad Jocks and Englishmen, Melrose Quartet, TRADarr, and The Exmouth Shantymen.

And there are also a number of local folk singers and bands who will be appearing on stage at different times over the three days.

The Exmouth Shantymen, Lichfield Festival of Folk
The Exmouth Shantymen in period costume

The great music gets underway on Friday 16 October when The Exmouth Shantymen kick off the festival with support from Dragonhead and Mitre's Well.

The Devon-based Shantymen will be performing in period costume as they build on their commitment to keeping alive their home town and the country's rich maritime heritage.

Saturday 17 October sees a packed programme of folk duos, including father and daughter Kate and Andy Fincham, before the veterans Mad Jocks and Englishmen take to the stage.

Mad Jocks and Englishmen
Mad Jocks and Englishmen still going strong

Celebrating 40 years in music, the three members of Mad Jocks are still going strong with their unique blend of amusement, sensational songs, and great instrumentals.

Then on Saturday evening it is turn of former Isambard member Emily Sanders, BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2014 nominees Granny's Attic, and TRADarr featuring PJ Wright, formerly of Steve Gibbons Band and The Dylan Project.

The final day on Sunday 18th starts with Wildfire Folk, made up of local young musicians, followed by several other folk acts ranging from one of Lichfield's rising talents, Amelia Harrison, to Melrose Quartet comprising Nancy Kerr and James Fagan and Jess and Richard Arrowsmith.

And the final evening sees Nancy Kerr, who was awarded Best Folksinger of the Year at the 2015 BBC Folk Awards, again team up with James Fagan to perform as one of the most established duos on the folk scene.

Blackbeard's Tea Party
Blackbeard's Tea Party bring the festival to a close

And they are followed by Blackbeard's Tea Party who rightly bring down the curtain on this year's Lichfield Folk Festival fresh from having been voted the best band at last year's Cropredy Folk Convention.

For more information, call the Box Office on 01543 26223 or click here.

Full programme:

Friday 16 October - 7pm
The Exmouth Shanty Men with support from Dragonhead and Mitre's Well

Saturday 17 October - 12.30pm and 5.30pm
Lichfield Folk Night Collective, featuring Tony Portlock and Helen Borton, Tom Patterson and Dave Morton, Kate and Andy Fincham, Mad Jocks and Englishmen, and Merry Hell.

7pm - 10.30pm
Emily Sanders, Granny's Attic and TRADarr

Sunday 18 October - 12.30pm to 5.15pm
Wildfire Folk, Jess and Richard Arrowsmith, Tom Perry and Clive Brookes, Amelia Harrison, Melrose Quartet

7pm to 10.30pm
Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, and Blackbeard's Tea Party
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Why? A Great Weekend Of Fabulous Folk Music
When: 16-18 October 2015
Phone: 01543 26223
Where: Lichfield Guildhall, Bore Street, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6LU
Cost: Full festival tickets 55, or 25 for all day Saturday OR all day Sunday
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