Coventry Folk News

22nd January 2021

Warwick Folk Festival will
happen this year …

… with a little bit of positive thinking! 

Glastonbury may be closed again this year but it’s still ‘all systems go’ for the Warwick Folk Festival team.

Festival guests Show of Hands and Seth Lakeman

Plans are well-established for four days of folk entertainment in mid-July and some world-class guests will be heading to the picturesque town in the heart of the country. Top of the bill on Thursday 15thJuly is fiddle-maestro and songwriter Seth Lakeman, while Friday’s headliners are the irrepressible Show Of Hands.

Widely acclaimed line-up The Young’Uns lead the Saturday line-up and highlight of Sunday’s programme is a reunion performance for squeezebox, fiddle and stomp-box virtuosos John Spiers and Jon Boden.

Festival guests Spiers & Boden and The Young’Uns

Other attractions include Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, Steve Tilston and Hugh Bradbury, Reg Meuross, folk bard legend Les Barker,and the powerhouse duo of award-winning singer and musician Georgia Lewis and ace violinist Ross Grant, member of Inlay who are also appearing.

Festival patron and internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist Will Pound (above) appears in his own right to present a musical journey across the states of the European Union, A Day Will Come. And the locally written, performed and produced folk opera, The Undoing of Polly Button, featuring Daisybell and other local artists will get its long-awaited public airing after last year’s planned launch was cruelly cut short by the first lockdown. 

A year later than originally planned, the 41st Warwick Folk Festival will take place on its new Castle Park site, adjacent to Warwick Castle. Organisers also hope to offer the famous selection of Festival Fringe events in the historic town centre but this will be subject to whatever rules are in place at the time related to social distancing and the availability of venues.

Festival Director, Dick Dixon (above) expects to have a much better idea in March of the full festival format. He says ‘We should be able to set up in our new site to meet social distancing guidelines with more public facilities plus an extra field if needed.’

Dick was due to step back from his role as Director last year, having worked with the Festival throughout its entire 40-year history but agreed to stay on until this year to oversee the change of main site location.

His workload will be taken on by two new team members acting as Artistic Manager and Operational Manager. Says Dick, ‘We’ve already received some good applications for these volunteer roles but we’d be happy to receive more.’

For more information about scheduled artists, booking tickets and opportunities to join the Festival team, go to: warwickfolkfestival.co.uk 

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