By Alan Davies
Sunday, January 20, 2013
THE 2013 Folk by the Oak headliners for Hatfield this summer have been named.
There will be two headliners in the leafy grounds of Hatfield House with both Oysterband and Kate Rusby topping the bill at the one-day folk festival.
Yorkshire’s soulful folk singing star Kate Rusby last played the festival in 2009 and recently marked her 20th year in the music industry with latest album Twenty, while it will be folk favourites Oysterband’s first appearance in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field.
Duo Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts, contemporary Scottish folk three-piece Lau and festival patron Jim Moray have also been confirmed for the music event taking place on Sunday, July 21 – the day after the traditional Battle Proms classical picnic concert.
Folk by the Oak organisers announced the line-up so far via the festival’s Twitter feed and on its Facebook page last month.
The Facebook update read: “Well, we think it’s high time they played FBTO and so do they... 2013 will see two headliners with the final set of the day performed by the mighty Oysterband!
“We are immensely proud to announce the other headline act for 2013… The wonderful Kate Rusby.”
An earlier Facebook status update read: “We’re very excited to announce that FBTO patron Jim Moray with the Doret Ensemble will be presenting a very special performance of his first album, Sweet England, in full at Folk by the Oak 2013, celebrating 10 years since its release.
“This is going to be an exceptional set!”
Meanwhile, Lau’s most recent album, Race The Loser, has found its way into the top 10 albums of 2012 in both MOJO and fRoots magazines.
The trio – Martin Green, Kris Drever and Aidan O’Rourke – have also been nominated for Best Group and Best Album for Race The Loser in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013.
The Acorn Stage for emerging acts will also return to Folk by the Oak at Hatfield House this year.
For more information, visit www.folkbytheoak.com