7:51 p.m. May 27, 2022
The 39th St Neots Folk Festival is fast approaching.
Run by the St Neots Folk Club, the musical extravaganza takes place on June 10, 11 and 12, at the Priory Centre, St Neots.
Friday night will kick off the event with a showcase night featuring local artists Jack Sharp, Anna Hester, Lottie Greenhow and The East Corner Trio, New Roots competition finalists.
Saturday begins with a ‘Dancing Day’ featuring traditional sides dancing around town at various locations including Market Square, The Pig & Falcon, The Coach House and Cinema Plaza.
Headlining the Saturday night concert are acclaimed folk duo John Spiers and Jon Boden, backed by Gaelforce.
Spiers & Boden first emerged on the folk scene in 2001, quickly winning a handful of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and forming and leading the extraordinarily successful folk big band Bellowhead.
The duo reunited in 2021 after a seven-year hiatus, arriving with a brand new album, fallow land, which reached number 3 on the Official Folk Albums Chart and was a Mojo Top 10 folk albums of 2021.
Following the October 2021 comeback tour, with its many sold-out dates, Spiers & Boden hit the road again for their only UK tour this year – with St Neots one of the lucky venues.
There will be a vocal harmony workshop led by Jon Boden for 30 minutes before the doors open for the concert.
Admission is free for the workshop, but reservation is essential for the number. No need for a festival ticket to attend the workshop. Book by emailing [email protected] or calling 01234 376278.
Gaelforce are a four piece Celtic folk rock band with fiddle, electric guitars, bass, electronic drums and vocals.
On Sunday afternoons, there is free entry to an Open Stage session at the Art & Soul Café from 2-4 p.m. Show seats can be reserved or simply show up.
The Sunday evening concert will feature the trio Granny’s Attic and Jack in a Barrel.
With exceptional musicality and boundless energy, Granny’s Attic is getting better and better.
Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne (melodeon, Anglo concertina, vocals), George Sansome (guitar, vocals) and Lewis Wood (violin, vocals) have honed their skills touring the UK and Europe since 2009.
They are popular with audiences across the country, with bookings everywhere from the Cambridge Folk Festival to Cecil Sharp House.
Jack in a Barrel are a seven piece a capella band from Turvey, Bedfordshire.
They sing a range of traditional songs and “traditional sounds”, standards like John Ball to more thoughtful figures like those of John Tams Carolina of Devonshirepassing through the odd numbers of huts and music halls.
Tickets for the festival are available at the Folk Club (every Tuesday evening), the Priory Center and online at www.stneotsfolkclub.co.uk