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The Gate to Southwell Festival 2017

Southwell Racecourse
Southwell
Nottinghamshire
NG25 0TS

Tel: +44(0)115 807 7900

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The Gate to Southwell Festival 2017

Thursday 8 - Sunday 11 June 2017

British folk heroine Kate Rusby and former Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden are among the first headline acts announced for The Gate to Southwell Folk Festival 2017

Widely regarded as “the first lady of English folk music”, Kate Rusby is famous for her Mercury-nominated debut ‘Sleepless’, her acclaimed collection ‘The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly’ and her Xmas album ‘Sweet Bells’.  From Barnsley, Kate’s latest album ‘Life In A Paper Boat’ has just been released.

Jon Boden is one of the most charismatic singers, composers, arrangers, fiddlers and multi-instrumentalists on the acoustic and roots music scene.  

Joining the line-up is the renowned Vin Garbutt, internationally-acclaimed Canadian acts such as Le Vent Du Nord (who were a huge hit at the 2012 festival) and the East Pointers from Prince Edward Island, plus Californian ukulele band the Ooks Of Hazzard (among the highlights of 2016 with their wonderful cover of Radiohead’s ‘Creep’) and popular English husband-and-wife folk duo Megson; punk poet Attila the Stockbroker and folk comedian Les Barker will also be appearing..   

Further adding to the magic is the immensely entertaining and danceable Mallorcan World music band BOC who make a welcome return.  

Following the great success of this year’s on-stage gathering to mark Bob Dylan’s 75th, Jim Moray will return to curate a flower-powered 50th anniversary celebration of 1967’s Summer Of Love, the original blooming of the American underground hippy movement.  

If all this is not we have also booked legendary American folk blues artist Chris Smither and the wittily-named (and brilliant) Whitley Bay female collective She Shanties. These are just the first of over 50 artists booked for 2017 with negotiations underway to book more major acts soon.

The full line up so far is:

Kate Rusby | Jon Boden | Le Vent du Nord | Vin Garbutt | BOC | The Changing Room | Chris Smither | Megson | The East Pointers | Megan Henwood | Attila the Stockbroker | The Ooks of Hazzard | Jim Moray | Les Barker | Keith Donnelly | Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage | Banter | The Rubber Wellies | James Edwyn & the Borrowed Band | Jack Harris | Winter Wilson | She Shanties

Since its first year in 2007 the festival has grown into a truly unique event, described by R2 magazine as an “excellent festival” and by Folk Radio UK as “without doubt, superb…and with a reputation for breaking new talent, both home grown and imported”.

Have a look at www.gtsf.uk for a list of previous line-ups.

Southwell is arguably the prettiest town in Nottinghamshire.

The stunning Southwell Minster is a splendid cathedral with one of the finest Norman naves in Europe. The Minster hosts music from the festival on Friday afternoon.

While you are at the festival, it is well worth spending time wandering the independent shops and pubs which help make the town so special, and which come alive with dancing and other events while the festival is on.
• Eclectic mix of big names and up and coming talent
• Superb rural site close to a lovely market town
• Open mic sessions • Dance displays and ceilidhs
• Workshops for all ages • Craft and trade stalls
• Street theatre & walkabouts • Beer and cider festival
• Cathedral concerts • Pub sessions
• Special children's festival
• Varied food outlets with a covered area for dining
• On-site camping with showers and flush toilets
“The Gate to Southwell Festival is a little gem” Spiral Earth 2016 "The range of artists, the programming and the site layout is all thoroughly sorted - it keeps getting better and better"

For further information please see www.gtsf.uk https://www.facebook.com/gatetosouthwellfestival www.gtsf.uk

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