By Alan Davies
Sunday, January 27, 2013
TICKETS have now gone on sale for this summer’s Folk by the Oak festival in the grounds of Hatfield House.
The day-long music event featuring award-winning contemporary folk artists returns to the Hertfordshire stately home on Sunday, July 21 – the day after the annual Battle Proms classical picnic concert.
Having already confirmed headliners Kate Rusby and Oysterband, tickets for the uplifting afternoon of folk and acoustic music in Hatfield Park are available from the updated FBTO website.
Early bird tickets offering great deals are on sale now at www.folkbytheoak.com
Tickets cost £32 if booked before April 1. The price then rises to £35, with entry £39 on the day.
Children aged five to 15 pay £16, while it is free for youngsters aged four and under.
A family ticket for two adults and two children is priced at £88 if booked before April 1. The cost is £94 from April 1 onwards.
The full festival line-up has still to be confirmed, with a couple of main stage acts to be announced.
But definitely playing Folk by the Oak 2013 is Kate Rusby, who has carefully selected just a handful of festivals to perform at this summer.
A FBTO spokeswoman said: “We are honoured to be one of the few and look forward to welcoming Kate back to Folk by the Oak with the cream of British folk musicians who form part of her band.”
Oysterband will make their festival bow after a long and illustrious career that has taken them around the world and from pure ceilidh traditions to critical acclaim performing with the likes of June Tabor.
Also playing this summer’s event are Lau, featuring the beautiful vocals and skilful guitar playing of award-winning Orcadian songwriter Kris Drever, pioneering accordion and electronics from Martin Green and the timeless, masterful and melodic creative of Scottish fiddler Aidan O’Rourke.
With their latest album shortlisted for Album of the Year by BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, organisers are delighted to welcome Lau back to Folk by the Oak.
Festival patron Jim Moray will celebrate the 10th anniversary of his debut Sweet England, by performing the original album live in its entirety with the Doret Ensemble.
This will be a Folk by the Oak exclusive and unique experience not to be missed this summer.
Jim is also up for a BBC Folk Award for his latest album, Skulk.
Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts – also BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees this year for best duo – are on the Hatfield bill.
Katriona and Jamie combine astounding lap-tapping guitar, fiery fiddle and their trademark harmonies with considerable songwriting talent to make a truly distinctive sound.
A festival statement added: “Two more artists to be announced – we can’t confirm exactly who yet, but we can promise that you won’t be disappointed.”
The little Acorn Stage – a showcase of upcoming folk acts that received such a warm reception last year – will also return as a regular Folk by the Oak feature.
Doors to the park will open at 1pm on the day, with the music starting at 2pm. The event finishes around 10pm.
For information and to book tickets visit www.folkbytheoak.com or call 01432 355416.