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Gate To Southwell Festival heads back to flower power era
Thursday 8th June, 2017 - Southwell
Gate To Southwell Festival heads back to flower power era
Gate To Southwell Festival
Jon Boden.
The first headline acts have been announced for next year’s Gate To Southwell Festival, which will also feature a tribute to the 1967 Summer Of Love on its 50th anniversary.

British folk heroine Kate Rusby and former Bellowhead frontman Jon Boden will be among the headline acts for the festival, which takes place from June 8-12.

Widely regarded as the first lady of English folk music, Kate Rusby is famous for her Mercury-nominated debut album, Sleepless, her acclaimed collection, The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly, and her Christmas album, Sweet Bells.

From Penistone, near Barnsley, Kate’s latest album, Life In A Paper Boat has just been released.

Jon Boden is one of the most charismatic singers, composers, arrangers, fiddlers and multi-instrumentalists on the acoustic and roots music scene.

Having fronted Bellowhead for ten years, Jon is also well known for his work with John Spiers, his band The Remnant Kings and also Eliza Carthy’s Ratcatchers.

Following the success of this year’s on-stage gathering to mark Bob Dylan’s 75th birthday, Jim Moray will return to curate a flower-powered 50th anniversary celebration of 1967’s Summer Of Love, the original blooming of the American underground hippy movement.

Also in the festival line-up are internationally-renowned Canadian acts such as Le Vent Du Nord — who were a huge hit at the 2012 festival — and the East Pointers from Prince Edward Island, plus acclaimed Californian ukulele band the Ooks Of Hazzard, who were among the highlights of 2016 with their cover of Radiohead’s Creep, and popular English husband-and-wife folk duo Megson.

The entertaining Mallorcan World music band BOC make a welcome return, having played their first gig outside Spain at Gate To Southwell in 2015, and will be on the bill alongside American folk blues artist Chris Smither and the Whitley Bay female collective She Shanties.

These are just the first of more than 50 artists due to be booked for the four main undercover stages for 2017 with negotiations underway to book more major acts soon.

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