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Countdown to Gate To Southwell festival

Posted onPosted on 22nd Jan

There will be an eclectic and international line-up at this summer’s 14th Gate To Southwell music festival (4th-7th June).

English roots stars Show Of Hands, the Galician piper-powered Anxo Lorenzo Band, Breton/Scots The Celtic Social Club and 2019 BBC folk award winners The Breath (featuring Rioghnach Connolly) are among the headline acts.

There will also be three Scottish bands – Imar, The Jellyman’s Daughter and Talisk – two Canadian duos in Madison Violet and Pierre Schryer and& Adam Dobres, and last summer’s Californian bluegrass stars, AJ Lee and Blue Summit.

Now regarded as one of the UK’s best family festivals, set in beautiful rural surroundings near Southwell Racecourse, Gate To Southwell will start on Thursday, 4th June with a classic Blues Night, starring Dutch-based singer/guitarist Ian Siegal.

The four days of great music will also feature the ‘renaissance man of English folk’, Chris Wood, the increasingly-influential and charismatic BBC Horizon award-winner Blair Dunlop, master storyteller and emotional songwriter Reg Meuross, plus Texan-born troubadour and guitar virtuoso Rodney Branigan.

The festival includes music workshops, ceilidhs, dance displays, great children’s entertainment, a craft fair and fine food and drink stalls.

Also look out for the folk-meets-gypsy swing of Beaubowbelles, the French reggae of Simawe from Angers, great Irish folk and harmonies from Donegal’s The Henry Girls, Italian country blues-meets-ragtime double act Veronica Sbergia and Max De Bernardi, and the highly-acclaimed, multi-national Americana band Track Dogs.