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Festival aims to bring mix of music

IT’S hard to believe that virtually a whole year has gone by since the last Moseley Folk Festival but this year’s event is nearly upon us.

IT’S hard to believe that virtually a whole year has gone by since the last Moseley Folk Festival but this year’s event is nearly upon us.

To the uninitiated this is one of the best small festivals bar none.

It takes place in Moseley Park from September 3-5.

And what’s more you don’t need to be a diehard folk enthusiast to make the most out of it.

The festival offers a real mixture of musical styles, highlighted by a Friday line-up which includes The Divine Comedy and Turin Brakes.

If that weren’t enough then you can also catch Guillemots frontman Fyfe Dangerfield and Erland & The Carnival.

Friday’s shorter programme offers a perfect introduction before things get into full swing on the Saturday, with a more folk-inspired line-up.

The legendary Donovan headlines on Saturday September 4, supported by Spider John Koerner, Johnny Flynn, The High Llamas, Alasdair Roberts and special guests The Low Anthem.

Sunday’s bill is topped by The Ukeulele Orchestra of Great Britain and includes The Unthanks, John Renbourn, Martin Simpson and Bella Hardy.

Other acts include The High Llamas, Pentangle’s founding member John Renbourn and guitarist Martin Simpson.

In keeping with the festival’s traditions local acts will continue to be championed, playing the second stage with up and coming talent from across the UK and beyond.

There will be stalls and sideshows - everything from Morris Dancers to story-telling pirates, as well as an alternative music tent with some more off the wall acts.

Day tickets cost £28 for Friday and £37 for Saturday and Sunday. Two-day ticket options are available and a weekend ticket costs £77. Children under 12 are admitted free and tickets for children aged 12-16 cost from £12 to £35. A weekend family ticket is £160. Tickets are available from a number of outlets in Birmingham (Swordfish Records, Polar Bear Records, Tourism Centre) and Moseley (Marcus Galleries) - please note a booking fee applies - or from the festival office at 82 Fazeley Street, Digbeth (cash only).

To find out more visit www.moseleyfolk.co.uk.

 

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