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Stars cue up to play for Drake

NICK Drake’s music will be honoured by an English Originals Folk Festival in Birmingham.

NICK Drake’s music will be honoured by an English Originals Folk Festival in Birmingham.

The singer-songwriter spent most of his short life in the village of Tanworth, where he is buried.

Nick never found particular fame during his life, but since his death in 1974 his music has attracted a cult following.

Now some of the most famous names in pop and folk will be performing his songs at Birmingham Town Hall.

Nick’s old producer Joe Boyd is curating the event, which will feature Martha Wainwright, Graham Coxon, Beth Orton and Robyn Hitchcock.

‘Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake’ is part of the second English Originals Folk Festival, a weekend of performances taking place at Birmingham Town Hall and the Symphony Hall.

On Friday May 15 highly acclaimed and Mercury award nominated Geordie folk act Rachel Unthanks and The Winterset will be performing.

Than on Saturday there will be a tribute to Nick Drake in the evening, with a documentary about his life preceeding the main event in the afternoon.

The festival concludes on Sunday with a performance from Seth Lakeman and Friends at the Symphony Hall.

There will also be a variety of free events taking place over the weekend, for more details see www.thsh.co.uk/englishoriginals2009.

 

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