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St Ives September Festival - 8-22 September

Seth Lakeman, who began the year touring the USA and Australia with legendary Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, will headline the opening night of the 2018 St Ives September Festival at The Guildhall on Saturday, September 8. The first week of the 15-day arts and music Festival - with more than 300 events - will have a distinct West Country flavour with Cornwall's Fisherman's Friends on Monday, September 10, and Exeter-based Sound of the Sirens two nights later.

Devon singer and multi-instrumentalist Lakeman has come a long way since his last St Ives Festival appearance in 2014, culminating in his current collaboration with Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. "Really looking forward to heading back to St Ives in September," he says.

Like Lakeman, Fisherman's Friends make a welcome return to the St Ives September Festival after also last appearing four years ago.
Credited with inspiring the current British revival of interest in shanty singing, Fisherman's Friends started out singing traditional sea songs on the Platt in their native Port Isaac to raise money for charity 27 years ago and hit the big-time in 2010 when they were "discovered" and signed a major record deal. "We're delighted to be returning once more to the St Ives Festival to deliver a night of barn-storming shanties, songs of the sea and a smidge of nautical nonsense. What a great way to round off the summer," they messaged.

Sound of the Sirens - Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood - return to the St Ives Festival following their 2016 appearance. Since then they have released their acclaimed first album For All Our Sins, hailed by R2 Magazine as a "stunning debut collection".

The Festival's first week also features Cuban salsa band Son Yambu, who will also be holding a pre-show salsa workshop, at the Guildhall on Sunday, September 9, and singer-songwriter John Otway and "father of grunge folk" Wild Willy Barrett, still going strong more than 40 years after they appeared on the Old Grey Whistle Test, at St Ives Theatre on Friday, September 14.

Second-week Guildhall artistes heading from Devon are Steve Knightley, of Festival patrons Show of Hands, with his 2018 solo tour Songs & Stories on Wednesday, September 19, followed by the New Jersey Boys with their Four Seasons tribute on Thursday the 20th.

The Festival will be rocking when explosive new rock/metal band All Gods Fall return to the Guildhall on Monday, September 17, after launching the band and their debut EP 'Ascension' at the venue in February.

Fronted by St Ives-based pair Mickey Ripley, with his throat-wrenching vocals, and guitarist Nick Clarke, the band will again be supported by the classic rock sounds of local band Sinpusher.

In the late 1980s and early 90s Mickey fronted rock band Red Dogs together with Paul Guerin (now of Quireboys/Joe Elliott’s Down 'n' Outz) who will be joining them in St Ives.

The Festival line-up also includes the Hackney Colliery Band, who made a big impact at the 2012 London Olympic Games closing ceremony, at the Guildhall on Saturday, September 15. "We can’t wait to get back to Cornwall," said leader Steve Pretty. "It's one of our favourite places in to tour in the UK."

Welsh indie-roots band Rusty Shackle make their St Ives debut the following night with Daphne's Flight - well-known folk singer-songwriters Christine Collister, Melanie Harrold, Julie Matthews, Helen Watson and Chris While who last year returned from a 21-year hiatus since their debut album - on Tuesday the 18th.

The Young 'Uns, who won this year's Best Album award at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards after being voted Best Group in both 2015 and 2016, headline Friday the 21st with Breabach, 2017 Scottish Traditional Music Awards Folk Band of the Year, closing the 2018 Festival the following night.

For further details visit St Ives September Festival website.
Tickets available from crbo.co.uk