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Legends line up for Moseley folk festival

FOLK legend Ian Campbell will be one of the acts at Britain's fastest growing folk festival this summer.

FOLK legend Ian Campbell will be one of the acts at Britain's fastest growing folk festival this summer.

Moseley folk festival returns to Moseley Private Park from August 29-31, kicking off this year on a Friday for a three-day feast of folk.

Long before his sons Ali and Robin (and now Duncan) shot to fame with UB40, their dad was an established name in his own right, playing all over Europe with a band called the Ian Campbell Folk Group.

Originally from Aberdeen, Campbell started out in a skiffle group, but got caught up in the folk revival movement of the early-60s and thanks to his Jug O' Punch club at Digbeth Civic Hall (now the Sanctuary) many of the biggest talents on the circuit came to Birmingham during that period.

One of these guests was Paul Simon, who arrived for his gig so late that he nearly didn't get to play.

All was forgiven though, and Simon went on to cover Campbell's song 'The Sun is Burning'.

The Campbell Group also included Ian's sister Lorna on vocals, and at one point Dave Swarbrick on violin and Dave Pegg on bass.

Swarbrick and Pegg went on to join folk-rock legends Fairport Convention, and have both played at Moseley in recent years.

Campbell will be joined by another of his musical sons, David, for the Sunday afternoon set, and he has announced this will be his last ever live performance.

Other highlights over the last August weekend include Jose Gonzalez, folk grandees Waterson: Carthy, Seth Lakeman, Scott Matthews, Morcheeba and many others.

Tickets are on sale now, and full details are at www.moseleyfolk.co.uk. Festival information line: 07789 440 026.

 

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