Gate To Southwell Festival 2020

at Southwell Racecourse, Nottingham

This event is no longer taking place

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Please note: Info provided by the Event Organiser

2020 Gate to Southwell Festival Cancellation:

"We regret to say that we have made the decision to cancel the 2020 festival because of the introduction of stricter social distancing measures, and the high likelihood that these will extend beyond our dates. We are offering 100% refunds to all ticket buyers and traders.

This year’s festival, our 14th, was to have been an international extravaganza of roots, acoustic, folk, blues, soul, ska and more, set over 4 days near the glorious Nottinghamshire minster town of Southwell, with artists from the USA, Canada, Spain, Italy, France, Ireland and the UK. We are immensely sad to have to make this announcement.

Why have we done this now rather than hope for the best?
We have already spent significant amounts on the 2020 festival, and from now on this will progressively increase to cover infrastructure, artists and other costs. By cancelling now, we can refund everybody and secure the festival for future years. Whilst we always have cancellation insurance, this does not cover cancellation due to communicable disease.

We've read recommendations in the press and on social media, that we should "hold our nerve" and plough on. We could have taken this approach, but it would have been your money being risked – you put your trust in us and we don’t want to betray that. We are a not-for-profit organisation and have only limited reserves.

All ticket buyers will receive a full refund of the ticket price + booking fee, as will traders who have paid us a deposit. Please see www.gtsf.uk where we will explain how refunds will be given. We fully expect all refunds to have been made by 31st March – please email us after that date if you have not received yours.

We would like to thank all our wonderful supporters and hope to see you next year, and our thoughts go out to all those affected by health issues, as well as those who will be financially affected by current events."


Show Of Hands

Show Of Hands appearing at this event

Steve Knightley and Phil Beer are widely acknowledged as the finest acoustic roots duo in England. Knightley, who writes most of their inspired material and Beer, a dazzling multi instrumentalist, have built up a huge following which has seen them sell out the Albert Hall four times and headline at major festivals from Glastonbury to WOMAD. Voted Best Duo in the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (as well as clinching Best Original Song for Knightley's acclaimed Arrogance Ignorance and Greed) the jury is still out on just what kind of music they play. A genre defying mix of rock, roots, blues, country, trad, and often influenced by the music of other countries, it is played out on an array of instruments from slide guitar to fiddle, mandolin to South American cuatro. 'Formidable operators in the roots arena. A class act' (The Independent).

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Anxo Lorenzo

A young master of the Galician pipes, the 'gaita galega'.

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Ian Siegal

Ian Siegal appearing at this event

Ladies and Gentlemen: Ian Siegal has entered the building. If you know the name, but not the game, it's high time you made his acquaintance. He's the British Blues Hall of Famer, seven-times British Blues Awards winner, two-times European Blues Awards winner, USA Blues Music Awards nominee and feted by everyone from Mojo to Classic Rock. He is also the only non-American to make an appearance in the much-acclaimed film Take Me To The River, which tracks the influence of the Memphis music scene.

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The Breath

The Breath appearing at this event

The Breath is Stuart McCallum (ex-guitarist of The Cinematic Orchestra), Irish singer Rioghnach Connolly and McCallum’s fellow Cinematic alumnus pianist John Ellis, along with drummer Elliot Bennett. Born out of Manchester’s fertile music scene they mix Irish folk influences with mesmerizing guitar riffs, anthemic themes and powerful hooks.

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Madison Violet

Madison Violet appearing at this event

For Madison Violet, it all began in 1999 during a chance meeting at a restaurant in Toronto, over a thousand miles away from the small town where both Lisa and Brenley’s fathers were born. That was over 20 years ago, and the pair have been writing and creating beautiful music together ever since. Over the past decade, the Canadian duo have taken their genre-bending sound to new heights, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana.

See 8 tour dates featuring Madison Violet


Talisk appearing at this event

In their five years, Scottish firebrands Talisk have stacked up several major awards for their explosively energetic yet artfully woven sound, including 2018’s Belhaven Bursary for Innovation & 2017’s Folk Band of the Year both at the BBC Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award. Consisting of Mohsen Amini (the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Musician of the Year 2018), Hayley Keenan and Graeme Armstrong, the trio seamlessly meld concertina, fiddle and guitar to produce a multi-layered, enthralling signature that has effortlessly captivated audiences from the USA to Australia, and throughout the UK. Appearances at world-leading festivals has amassed them a die-hard following, whilst the world’s folk and world music media have also lauded high credits upon the trio. The release of their 2018 second album, 'Beyond', was met with a five-star ‘Top of the World’ review in Songlines, praising the band as “incredibly infectious and endearing… fresh, invigorating, accomplished and playfully frisky.”

See 10 tour dates featuring Talisk

Track Dogs

Track Dogs appearing at this event

Track Dogs are a Madrid-based acoustic-folk band with members from Ireland, England and the USA. The band takes its name from the maintenance teams working the subway tracks in New York City.

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Maroon Town

Non-stop, top-ranking, skanking reggae, ska and dub from this multi-racial Brixton nine-piece, named after a remote Jamaican community (from whose earthy musical roots they've cultivated their sound), combining ska, dub, rap and breakbeats to create an explosive live fusion.

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Chris Wood

Chris Wood appearing at this event

Chris Wood's style of English folk appeals to a wide and varied audience. He has converted many an anti-folk fan with his blend of traditional and modern songwriting, and has been hailed by the Irish Times as 'the renaissance man of English folk'. Often compared to Richard Thompson, his music explores the history of the English-speaking world alongside tales of modern life. 'Wood is an intimate storyteller, applying such nuance and gravitas to every phrase you are imperceptibly lured into his world' (Mojo Magazine)

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Blair Dunlop

Blair Dunlop appearing at this event

Blair Dunlop, the award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist, released two EPs in his teens and became a regular at folk festivals in both Britain and abroad. His debut album ‘Blight & Blossom’ established him as an artist with a promising career ahead and led to him receiving both critical acclaim and the Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. His follow up album, 2014’s ‘House of Jacks’, lived up to that promise and cemented his place as one of Britain’s most exciting talents to come from the folk scene. He has continued to receive acclaim with 2016's 'Gilded' and 2018's 'Notes From An Island', described as "a heartbreak record that explores the parallels between personal solitude and national isolationism."

See 3 tour dates featuring Blair Dunlop

The Henry Girls

The Henry Girls, sisters Karen, Lorna and Joleen from Co. Donegal are fast becoming one of the most talked about folk/roots acts to come out of Ireland in the last decade, and within a few years have developed a growing international profile from touring in Europe, North America and further afield. The trio of multi-instrumentalists (harp, guitar, fiddle, accordion, guitar, piano and ukulele) and fine close harmonies blend classic traditional Irish music with a hint of Americana and a nod to bluegrass. The internationally acclaimed band present a selection of darkly beautiful music from around the world, from bluegrass murder ballads to gypsy torch songs, dirty blues to soul salvation.

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The BeauBowBelles

The BeauBowBelles are a 4 piece energetic band who play original songs as well as covers in our own unique style with a variety of instruments.

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Wizz Jones

Wizz Jones appearing at this event

Wizz Jones has been playing his own brand of folk-blues since the late 50's and still can be relied to put upon a fine show of old and new tunes mixed in with anecdotes and Wizz's unique sense of humour. Some of the best blues, contemporary and traditional acoustic guitar music around is attributable to this man who is at the roots of the English folk and blues scene. '... the most underrated guitarist ever...' (Burt Jansch).

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Max De Bernardi & Veronica Sbergia

Max De Bernardi & Veronica Sbergia appearing at this event

Max De Bernardi & Veronica Sbergia play country blues, ragtime, jug band and rural music from the '20s and '30s with astounding musical authenticity and virtuosity.

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Reg Meuross

Reg Meuross appearing at this event

Reg's imaginative and finely crafted songs have earned him the title of Master Storyteller (Pennyblack Music), and prompted Mike Harding to introduce him onto the stage of The Royal Albert Hall as 'one of the finest singer-songwriters this country has produced'. Reg is a true modern day troubadour – commenting on life as he sees it, with some of the most beautifully disarming songs and lyrics ever written. Reg Meuross www.regmeuross.com “…sounds like a forgotten, American 60s classic with echoes of Dylan, Tom Paxton & Leonard Cohen” Robin Denselow, The Guardian “There’s something special about the way he writes and delivers a song” Townes Van Zandt. In the mid-1980s Reg Meuross formed the Panic Brothers with Richard Morton, mixing Americana with humour and slick harmonies. Then came the Flamingos, Hank Wangford, and now 11 highly acclaimed solo albums have established his songs as ‘the hinges upon which swing the doors of perceptive English folk’ (Folkwords). Reg’s songs comment bravely on life as he sees it, bringing wide ranging stories from the ghosts of WW1 soldiers to the ravages of dementia, and some of the most beautifully disarming songs and lyrics ever written. Reg has that rare gift of being able to touch people, through his songs and performance, on a really human level. His words and music paint pictures that remain with the listener long after the song has been sung. “Meuross, quite simply, is one of the best” Malcolm Carter, Pennyblack Music “Powerful and moving songwriting” Martin Chilton, The Telegraph “A mighty songwriter and an equally fine singer” Martin Carthy 'Magnificent, powerful & moving' (Pete Townshend). 'Intelligent and thought-provoking songs, beautifully made and skilfully delivered' (The Times).

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Northwich roots band playing the best of Irish jigs and reels

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Daniel Smith Blues Band

Acclaimed pianist/vocalist, Daniel Smith, purveys his unique blend of rocking blues, stomping boogie woogie, classy soul jazz and foot-tapping hard bop piano.

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Dan The Hat

Juggling skills and comic talent.

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Also Appearing

The Celtic Social Club, Imar, Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres, The Nell Robinson & Jim Nunally Band, Simawé, The Wilson Family Band