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Butlins once again proudly presents The Great British Folk Festival at their Skegness resort from Friday 29th November to Monday 2nd December. Four years on, the event is now firmly placed on the folk and acoustic festival circuit, resp...
Butlins once again proudly presents The Great British Folk Festival at their Skegness resort from Friday 29th November to Monday 2nd December. Four years on, the event is now firmly placed on the folk and acoustic festival circuit, respected by fans and artists alike. Two of the most influential artists on the international folk scene, FAIRPORT CONVENTION and STEELEYE SPAN will be headlining this year’s festival. The Lincolnshire roots of Steeleye Span go back to folk duo Maddy Prior and the late Tim Hart; Tim was born in Lincoln and ‘Steeleye Span’ is a character in the Lincolnshire folk song, ‘Horkstow Grange’ – a song not actually recorded by the band until the album of the same name in 1998. English singer-songwriter JUDIE TZUKE makes her much anticipated Great British Folk Festival debut this year; having tasted much chart success in her career and a loyal following for her music. Cara Dillon BARBARA DICKSON, too has enjoyed great chart success that has also seen her work in musicals, theatre and TV in her illustrious career, though her roots remain in folk, to which she has always returned. The crystal voice of Northern Irish singer CARA DILLON is highly renowned in the folk world, whether on traditional songs or on more unexpected projects, such as the soundtrack for a Disney film starring Tinker Bell! BOB FOX, the highly regarded folk singer who has featured in the massively successful ‘War Horse’ stage musical, returns this year with old recording and touring partner, BILLY MITCHELL. Ex- Lindisfarne and Jack The Lad, Billy brought his own band last year and they raised the roof. Chris While and Julie Matthews play for the first time at the festival this year as members of ST. AGNES’ FOUNTAIN. Named after a line in the carol Good King Wenceslas, they will be performing traditional songs for the festive season alongside their fellow members, founder David Hughes and Fairport’s Chris Leslie. BBC Folk Award winner JIM MORAY will also make his first appearance at the festival this year. Expect beatboxing, melodeons, electric guitars and thumb pianos, mandolins and rappers. Edward II With an enviable reputation in the ‘live’ arena, EDWARD II mix English folk with reggae, rap and jazz instrumentation into a dazzling brew that will move you and groove you! TIR NA NOG have been described as Alt Folk, Prog Folk, Psych Folk, and even Space Folk! What is not in doubt is that they are two of the most original and influential songwriters and performers Ireland has ever produced. AHAB bring their alt.country flavour to The Great British Folk Festival, and have been described by BOB HARRIS as “blistering live...sheer class”. Originally formed by ex Faces and Small Faces man, the late, great Ronnie Lane, SLIM CHANCE add a fascinating ingredient to the weekend and will of course be celebrating Ronnie’s songs. The band are fast becoming a must-see at festivals and beyond. GARY FLETCHER played one of his earliest solo sets at a Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival at Skegness, and has since established an enviable reputation for classy writing and performance, allowing a long-overdue spotlight on this multi-instrumentalist composer and bassist with The Blues Band. Martyn Joseph MARTYN JOSEPH’s debut performance at the festival last year saw more than a few "newbie's" jaws drop – and he’ll be making a welcome return this year. ACOUSTIC STRAWBS remain in a league of their own and RICHARD DIGANCE will be serving up his mix of daft comedy and sentimental songs. Prices for this event start at just £66 per person for the entire weekend including accommodation (based on four sharing a Silver apartment), access to most of the Resort facilities and all live entertainment. To book a Butlins break call 0845 070 4730 or visit http://www.bigweekends.com/your-break/94452 * All guests must be aged 18+ years FolkCast - The UK's premier fol
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