March 7 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Thursday, December 26, 2013
The first acts playing music festival Folk by the Oak 2014 at Hatfield House have been announced, with Seth Lakeman headlining.
The line-up so far:
* Seth Lakeman.
* Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker.
* 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.
The one-day acoustic, folk and roots festival returns to the grounds of the Hertfordshire stately home next summer on Sunday, July 20.
And acclaimed folk singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman will bring the festival to a close after being announced as the main stage headliner.
Lakeman releases his new album, Word Of Mouth, in February.
Announcing the news before Christmas on the festival’s Facebook page, Folk by the Oak organisers said: “Big drum roll... we are extremely excited to tell you that finishing for us at Folk by the Oak 2014 is an artist with a highly anticipated new album out on February 3. Ladies and gentleman we give you Seth Lakeman!
“More big names to be announced in the New Year. Have a good one!”
Lakeman previously topped the first Folk by the Oak bill in 2008 and appeared again in 2011.
Also confirmed for the summer event are double Radio 2 Folk Award nominees Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker.
Folk by the Oak organisers wrote on the festival’s Facebook page: “The combination of Josienne’s captivating voice with Ben Walker’s stunning musicianship is something we couldn’t resist.”
They will be performing a special set accompanied by their string section.
Kathryn Tickell with her latest ensemble ‘The Side’, consisting of cello, harp, accordion and clog dancing, will also make an appearance in Hatfield Park.
Kathryn won the BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year 2013.
The Elizabethan Session – a super group of eight leading folk artists – will also appear live at FBTO 2014.
A joint commission with the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS), the Elizabethan Session will bring together the immense talents of Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr, FBTO patron Jim Moray, Bella Hardy, John Smith, Hannah James, Rachel Newton and Emily Askew, who will create a new work inspired by the Elizabethan era.
The project will culminate in two special concerts – one in the Old Palace, at Hatfield House, on March 20, and another two days later at Cecil Sharp House, in London.
They will then perform a special set at Folk by the Oak 2014.
Tickets and information on the gigs can be found at www.folkbytheoak.com/TES
Folk by the Oak festival tickets will go on sale in January.