July 31 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
A BRIT Award-winning singer will make a rare UK festival appearance in Hatfield this summer.
* £36 adult tickets.
* £40 on the day (subject to availability).
* Children aged 5-15: £17 (age 4 and under free).
* Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children): £98.
The beguiling Beth Orton will appear at Folk by the Oak 2014 in the grounds of Hatfield House.
She joins the annual festival’s ‘line-up of headliners’ in the grounds of the Hertfordshire stately home on Sunday, July 20.
The family friendly event will see some of folk’s finest acts gathered in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field for one uplifting summer’s day of folk and acoustic music.
As well as Beth Orton, the FBTO line-up includes guitar legend Richard Thompson, award-winning singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman and 2013 BBC Folk Awards Musician of the Year Kathryn Tickell alongside her new ensemble, The Side.
* Richard Thompson
* Beth Orton
* Seth Lakeman
* Kathryn Tickell with ‘The Side’
* The Elizabethan Session – Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Jim Moray, Bella Hardy, John Smith, Hannah James, Rachel Newton and Emily Askew
* Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita
* Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker
The Elizabethan Session, featuring the talents of Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, Jim Moray, Bella Hardy, John Smith, Hannah James, Rachel Newton and Emily Askew, will also perform new music inspired by the Elizabethan Age.
Completing the main stage acts at Queen Elizabeth I’s childhood home are Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita and duo Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker.
A statement on the official Folk by the Oak website said: “We are delighted to welcome BRIT Award winner Beth Orton to Folk by the Oak for a rare UK festival appearance this summer.”
Known for her ‘folktronica’ sound, which mixes elements of folk and electronica, she was initially recognised for her collaborations with William Orbit and The Chemical Brothers in the mid 1990s, but these were not Orton’s first recordings.
She released a solo album, Superpinkymandy, in 1993. Since the album was only released in Japan, it went largely unnoticed by international audiences.
Her second solo album, Trailer Park, garnered much critical acclaim in 1996.
With the release of the albums Central Reservation (1999) and the 2002 UK top 10 album Daybreaker, Beth developed a devoted fan base.
On her 2006 release, Comfort of Strangers, she moved towards a more folk-based sound and away from the electronic sound of past albums.
Elsewhere on this year’s Folk by the Oak bill, Wales’ most celebrated harpist Catrin Finch will appear with Seckou Keita, Senegal’s most inventive kora player.
The line-up for the Acorn Stage, showcasing a new generation of folk acts, has also been confirmed.
The smaller of the festival’s two stages will feature Paper Aeroplanes, Keston Cobblers’ Club, Jaywalkers, Salt House, Maz O’Connor and the London Youth Folk Ensemble.
As well as the music, there will also be a craft tent, music stalls, recycled gifts, food stalls, a real ale bar, children’s activities and storytelling.
Adult tickets cost £36, with the price including a 50p donation of the Old Hatfield-based Willow Foundation.
Children’s tickets are £17, and it is free for those aged four and under.
In the event that tickets remain available on the day, these can be bought on the gate for £40 per adult.
To buy tickets in advance, call the Folk by the Oak box office on 01432 355416 or book online at www.folkbytheoak.com
There is no booking fee.
The arena will open at 12.30pm with the main stage acts starting at 1.30pm. The event will finish around 10.30pm.