Derby Folk Festival is delighted to return to the live stage in 2021 in the heart of the city centre.
Last year’s event was hosted at home as live concerts could not go ahead due to the pandemic. Instead, online performances especially recorded for the festival by Derby LIVE’s technical team, drew audiences from around the world, along with an extensive Festival Fringe on Facebook.
Now many of the artists who had planned to be in Derby last year are preparing to return in the autumn, optimistic that live shows can once more draw Folk enthusiasts back into the city.
Now in its 15th year this will be the chance to get together again and it's going to be extra special this time.
A number of artists who were due to perform in 2020, but were unable to be part of the ‘At Home’ event, will be returning for 2021, along with past favourites and familiar faces who will once again be able to play with a full band.
O’Hooley & Tidow
India Electric Co.
There will be a host of other names, both familiar and upcoming, announced over the coming weeks and months, in a range of concerts and other events taking place over the festival weekend. The Mick Peat Stage will be the Market Place marquee, keeping the festival embedded in the city centre; Derby Cathedral will host concerts during Saturday, and The Old Bell Hotel will be a hub of activity with fringe events and more.
Home Service was formed from the creative nucleus of the Albion Band and received the Best Live Act Award at the BBC R2 Folk Awards in 2012. Now under a refreshed line-up featuring the great musician John Kirkpatrick as front man, joined by Graeme Taylor - Electric Guitar, Vocals, Steve King - Keyboards, Tenor Sax Vocals, Rory McFarlane - Bass Guitar, Vocals, Michael Gregory - Drums, Paul Archibald - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, Roger Williams - Trombones and Andy Findon - Saxophones, Flutes.
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O'Hooley & Tidow
With a personal invite from Billy Bragg to play Glastonbury, sessions on 6 Music and Radio 2, a five star live review and feature in The Guardian, chosen as one of MOJO’s Folk Albums of 2014 for groundbreaking album The Hum, and a nomination for ‘Best Duo’ in 2015’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards; O’Hooley & Tidow are regarded as lionhearted trailblazers of contemporary music and songwriting. Having the originality and skill to invite comparison with the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle, Belinda and Heidi’s powerful, deeply moving, and at times spine-tingling performances are infused with an honesty and empathy that will disarm even the hardest of heart.
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Kitty Macfarlane is a songwriter and guitarist from Somerset, whose music is rich with visual imagery and written with an eco-eye. Her lyrics touch on intervention and rewilding, climate change and migration, and woman’s historical relationship with textiles and the land.
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India Electric Company
“Two of the most extraordinary musicians, a phenomenal duo” - BBC Radio 2 **** “Bursting with invention and full of surprises.” - The Telegraph **** “Their reeling, spinning sound corroborates the content of their songs which appear to be describing a life alive with motion. They are altogether a good thing, busy as rush hour but full of light.” - The Independent Sometimes folk, sometimes not. India Electric Company use traditional instruments in contemporary styles to explore diverse themes from Eastern Europe, Irish traditions and modern urban alienation to end up with something “quirky and glittery - a veritable musical magpie’s nest.” - BBC Radio 3. After releasing their debut debut album The Girl I Left Behind Me in 2015 they began extensively supporting and accompanying Midge Ure throughout Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Scandinavia. With recent live sessions on BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music, performances at Glastonbury and Cambridge Folk Festival, the duo are embarking on their own unique headline tours in association with the award winning Churches Conservation Trust and EFDSS (English Folk Dance and Song Society). A full studio album will be released in Spring 2020 to follow on from their innovative trilogy of EPs EC1M, Seven Sisters & Tablelands. **** “Exceptional talents.”- Songlines Magazine “This is sublime! If your troubles don’t melt away when you hear IEC then nothing will shift them. Beautiful, magical.” - Jeremy Vine “Fresh and gobsmacking!” - Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
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Ninebarrow are a Dorset-based duo, who combine tenor ukulele and vocal harmonies to create a rich blend of folk-influenced songs. Jon Whitley and Jay Labouchardiere perform a diverse range of material – much of which has been inspired by the fantastic music sessions that can be found locally and at many of the Great British folk festivals. From traditional unaccompanied songs to modern folk – they take material and rework it in their own unique way. Ninebarrow's original songs take much of their inspiration from the landscape and history of the places they have visited around the country.
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