Purbeck Valley Folk Festival announces headliners

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The Purbeck Valley Folk Festival has gone truly international this year with a stellar lineup of artists from around the world.

Headliners include Mexican party band Los de Abajo, as well as Guinean N’Famady Kouyaté, a master of the balafon – West Africa’s traditional wooden xylophone, and Gasper Nali from Malawi, who serves Afro Beats from his monochord, home-made three-meter-long Babatoni bass guitar.

There’s also a big portion of Americana/country from Amethyst Kiah, The Once, Laura Cortése & the Dance Cards and Dana Wylie.

This year marks the return of global stars to the festival‘s five stages after pandemic travel regulations made last year’s event purely domestic.

Dorset Echo: Threepenny Bit Ceilidh Photo: Phoebe Reeks

The festival – August 18-21 at Purbeck Valley Farm near the A351 between Corfe Castle and Harman’s Cross – also features English folk royalty in the form of top roots duo Show of Hands.

Other stars include veteran Scottish big band Shooglenifty, Radio 2 favorite Kathryn Williams, BBC Folk Award winner Rionnagh Connelly with her funk-folk band Honeyfeet, supergroup Magpie Arc and maestro Michael McGoldrick’s band flute /whistle and uilleann.

Dorset Echo: Raising of hands

Festival Director Catherine Burke said: “We are thrilled to be back in full force for PVFF22. Our incredible line-up would do justice to any folk festival and we are especially happy to welcome back our international artists.

“Besides the stellar musical lineup, there is also an incredible number of non-musical activities for adults and children, including the comedy scene featuring David Arnold, Dinesh Nathan, Suzy Bennett, Tom Glover and James Ellis.

“What makes us so special? The Purbeck Valley Folk Festival takes place in a unique, compact farming arena with professional stages in barns. It’s a small farmyard so it doesn’t take forever to walk from one scene to another and it’s always easy to find your friends.

Children’s activities include storytelling, drama workshops, fun crafts, puppet shows, bubble talk, baby/toddler nursery rhyme sessions, face painting, treasure hunt, bouncy castles, disguises, maypole and Morris dance workshops.

Echo of Dorset: Helen Jones

There is also a family ceilidh, a space-hopper obstacle course, welly wanging and circus performances and workshops, including juggling, diablo, devil sticks, unicycling, stilt walking, low trapeze, an inflatable mat. And all children’s activities are free – included in the ticket price, so there are no hidden costs.

And for child musicians, there are music workshops for youngsters and “Come and Try” instrument trials.

This year, workshops are available in crochet, wicker patterning, cyanotype printing, clay/pottery patterning, banner printing, tie-dye, blacksmithing, traditional woodturning, pebble painting, origami, and more.

Tickets are on sale now from £150 (£75 youth / £30 child) for the Thursday-Sunday weekend including camping. Any remaining tickets sold at the door will be £165/£85/£30

See https://www.purbeckvalleyfolkfestival.co.uk/shop/tickets for details.


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