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Gate To Southwell Festival - 8-11 June

From its humble beginnings in 2007 as primarily an English folk music and dance festival, Southwell has evolved into one of the leading and most innovative folk events in the country. Whilst English and Celtic music remain at the core the festival seriously embraces other roots music forms. Southwell has built a reputation for seeking out exciting new talent and providing something a little different. Quality remains the watchword so whether it’s country or gypsy jazz, ska or rockabilly, bluegrass or punk, traditional or contemporary, it’ll be good.

Dance displays remain a popular part of the festival with the emphasis on variety and entertainment. Ceilidhs or other social folk dances take place each day with a late night silent folk disco introduced in 2014.

Southwell is a family friendly and fun festival with plenty of entertainment for the kids and youths alike. Many children’s activities are aimed to be educative as well as fun with instrument workshops, and various other hands on opportunities. Family entertainment always includes a liberal dose of Street Theatre and ‘walkabouts’ as well as storytellers and musicians.

The festival also programmes events in the Minster and several of the pubs in town. These come in a variety of guises depending on the venue so might be formal concerts, organised sessions, singabouts, folk club style concerts or open air events. They also organise dance displays at several venues and a procession through the middle of town. Details will be available in the programme.

Artists this year include Jon Boden, Kate Rusby, Blazin' Fiddles, Daphne's Flight, Philip Henry & Hannah Martin, Le Vent Du Nord, The Changing Room, Megson, Jim Moray, Les Barker, Reg Meuross, Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley, Winter Wilson, Tannara, The East Pointers and many many more.

For more info see: Gate To Southwell website