December 10 2013 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Friday, July 20, 2012
SOME of the finest folk and acoustic roots acts in the country are due to perform in Hatfield this weekend for one uplifting afternoon of music.
Approximate set times
* 2pm–2.45pm: Emily Barker & the Red Clay Halo
* 3pm–3.45pm: Nancy Kerr & James Fagan
* 4pm–4.45pm: Chris Wood
* 5.05pm–5.55pm: Breabach
* 6.15pm–7.05pm: Cara Dillon
* 7.25pm–8.15pm: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
* 8.35pm–10pm: Show of Hands
Folk by the Oak returns to the grounds of Hatfield House this Sunday – the day after the Hertfordshire stately home hosts the Battle Proms classical picnic concert.
The family-friendly one-day music event will be headlined by the award-winning Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes.
Devon’s dazzling duo of singer-songwriter Steve Knightley and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer have forged one of the most successful ever partnerships in acoustic roots music.
Having played second from top last year, the folk icons return having recently sold-out the Royal Albert Hall in London for a fourth time.
They will take the stage in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field at around 8.35pm.
However, there are plenty of treats for folk fans before then.
The arena opens at 1pm and ticket holders can enjoy the rest of the parkland at Hatfield House for free from 11am.
The main stage music begins around 2pm with Australian songwriter Emily Barker and her band, The Red Clay Halo.
Not heard the name before? If you’ve seen BBC One series Wallander starring Sir Kenneth Branagh, you’ll be familiar with their BAFTA-winning track Nostalgia, which is the theme tune for the crime drama.
Developing something of a reputation for soundtracking dark crime thrillers, the achingly beautiful Pause is also the theme tune to BBC Two’s gripping TV drama The Shadow Line starring Christopher Ecclestone.
Next up from 3pm are folk favourites Nancy Kerr and James Fagan.
English fiddler and singer Kerr first came to prominence in her groundbreaking duo with Eliza Carthy before meeting Australian singer and multi-instrumentalist Fagan in 1995.
Now one of the most established and respected duos on the folk scene, Nancy and James won three BBC Folk Awards, including the best duo gong twice.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Chris Wood will play from 4pm, followed by Scottish instrumentalists Breabach.
Angelic Irish vocalist Cara Dillon – another multiple BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winner – is due to perform from 6.15pm.
The wonderful Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain complete the main stage line-up with their versions of hits on ukuleles.
Tracks as diverse as Teenage Kicks by The Undertones, Nirvana grunge classic Smells Like Teen Spirit, Crazy by Gnarls Barkley, Wheatus’ Teenage Dirtbag and Life on Mars by David Bowie have all been covered by the orchestra in their inimitable style.
Award-winning folk musician Jim Moray has been named Folk by the Oak’s patron.
He will be MC-ing on Sunday and also broadcasting some live podcasts between sets.
Organisers have also introduced a new, smaller stage this year to keep festival-goers entertained during the main stage gaps.
Playing the intimate Acorn Stage will be the likes of Cambridge-based folk group The Willows, 2012 BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee Sunjay Brayne and bluegrass folk ‘n’ roll group Rusty Shackle.
Fifty pence from every ticket sold for Folk by the Oak will be donated to Old Hatfield-based charity The Willow Foundation, which provides special days for seriously ill 16-40-year-olds.
Adult tickets cost £38 on the day. The price is £16 for children aged five to 15 and entry is free for four and unders.