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International folk artists on the way to town for festival

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Beverley Folk Festival, an annual event in the town’s calendar since the mid-1980s, will return from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd June.

Offering an ambitious line-up since it re-emerged in 2018, when it was Beverley Fringe Festival (2018-2021), Beverley Folk Festival will have an array of international artists from the folk, Americana and acoustic world.

A Thursday warm-up at Wednesday Market cafe Poma kicks off the festival with songstress, and previous performer at the festival, Rachel Croft, with support from Jessica Lawson.

The festival’s big concert usually takes place on the Friday and this year is no different, with singer-songwriter John Smith taking to St Mary’s Church, with support from musician and author Tara MacLean, who travels to East Yorkshire from Canada.

Saturday is the biggest day of the festival and this year, there will be a charity buskathon, raising funds for Hope in Action, a parade of folk-dance teams and performances throughout Beverley, as well as acoustic brunches at Atom Bar on New Walkergate and St Nicholas’ Church.

During the evening, the famous Ceilidh will take place at the Armstrong Centre and Celtic-folk group Calan perform at St Nicholas’, supported by Beverley folk trio Hase Waits.

The Late Night Club will take place at Atom Bar and will be a great way to finish off the Saturday ahead of a busy Sunday that will culminate with Zimbabwean acappela group Black Umfolosi performing at the East Riding Theatre.

There will be several free events during the festival and opportunities for musicians to get involved.
The Monks Walk and The Sun Inn will be providing free acts, such as Hillbilly Troupe, Paddy and the Portermen and The Laggy Band, as well as open sessions.

“We’re delighted to welcome such a varied lineup this year, we’re particularly proud to have secured John Smith who is having his biggest year to date, but as always there is something on offer for everyone,” said Phil Simpson, organiser of Beverley Folk Festival.

“Folk to me is less about genre, more about community. We hope you’ll join in the fun.”

School workshops will also take place at Tickton and Molescroft primary schools and there will be a special performance for the residents at Beverley Parklands Care Home.

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