New festival for Lichfield and Burntwood music fans

Emma Rushton

Emma Rushton

A new festival will be coming to the Lichfield music calendar.

The Lichfield Roots & Folk Festival has been announced by Lichfield Arts and follows many requests from regular audiences to their Guildhall venue asking them to put on such an event.

The inaugral festival will run from October 2-4 at the Guildhall and feature a mix of traditional and contemporary folk with the opportunity for local performers to perform.

The event gets underway on October 2 with local singer/songwriter Emma Rushton, before international performers Chris While and Julie Matthews take to the stage.

October 3 kicks off during the afternoon with A Taste of Folk – a free event were local performers will have the opportunity to play. The climax of this will be a performance by Wildfire Folk.

The evening will see the first appearance in Lichfield of new group LAU whose left-field treatment of  contemporary folk music plus their infamous live concerts make them a must-see band.

October 4th will see Bonriff  present an afternoon Ceilidh with their mix of English and European dances with caller Martin Thompson making the steps seem so easy.

The festival finishes on a flourish with Geordie favourites Billy Mitchell of Lindisfarne fame and the popular Bob Fox putting their joint talents together.

Lichfield Arts Director Brian Pretty said:

“This will be a great start to our Autumn season with such high quality performers and give the opportunity for local musicians and audiences to perform and hear top class musicians. This will compliment the various festivals held in the city and provide much needed economic stimulus for the tourism sector.”

Tickets for concerts are available online at or by calling the box office on 01543 262223.

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