Final preparations are underway for the third Lichfield Roots and Folk Festival.
Taking place at the Guildhall from October 21 to 23, the festival will feature a range of musical talents across the entire weekend.
Lichfield blues musician Tom Woodman will kick-off proceedings on the Friday evening as he performs a solo spot in support of headliners Kan, who count one-time Flook member Brian Finnegan amongst their ranks.
Saturday will begin with a showcase of local talent at 12.30pm. First up are The Reel Hot Ceilidh Peppers, followed by acoustic duos Barricades Rise and Cruel Folk, before local trio Enchante take their chance to shine. The afternoon session is then rounded by performances from Maggie Boyle, Martha Tilston and Dorset-based folk rockers State of Undress.
The latter will return to the stage at 7.30pm for a second set to open up the evening session before Dark Horses offer up their talents to the Lichfield audience.
On Sunday morning downstairs in the Guild Room, from 10am until 1pm, there will be an opportunity for budding musicians and performers to take part in a Folk Band Workshop lead by Paloma Trigas of the Urban Folk Quartet, with participants being given the chance to perform later in the finale of the afternoon session with Wildfire Folk.
At 12.30pm Lichfield Lighthouse Company’s Sea Shanties Workshop will be followed by performances from Ash Mandrake, The Newcombers, guitarist/singer-songwriter Derrin Nauendorf, talented local trio Bryony, Dan and Rosie and the city’s very own Wildfire Folk.
The festival will round-off with a Sunday evening session featuring folk band Chase Mist, a second set from Derrin Nauendorf and 3 Daft Monkey.
Lichfield Arts Director Chris Newcombe said: “I can’t think of a better way to spend an autumn weekend!
“We have put together a wonderful varied line-up of acts from all around the country there is something for everyone – come along to the Guildhall and enjoy the fun.”
For more information visit www.lichfieldarts.org.uk or call 01543 262223