John Kirkpatrick

Some of the finest names in folk music are heading for Lichfield.

L2F – The Lichfield Festival of Folk will see a wide range of musicians performing from October 21 to 27.

A number of free fringe events will take place ahead of the main festival at the Guildhall.

Stuart Davies, assistant director at Lichfield Arts, said: “We feel that this will be the best folk festival we’ve ever put on. It gives everyone the opportunity to enjoy – even join in with – performers of the highest calibre.”

The Lichfield Lighthouse Company kick of proceedings on Monday with a shanty session at the King’s Head, with a chance to try morris dancing at the George IV on Tuesday.

October 23 sees a sing around with floor spots from Ian Henerey and Ian Philpot at the King’s Head, with the same venue enjoying a quiz night on Thursday.

Lampa

The main festival kicks off in the Guildhall on Friday (October 25) Kimber’s Men, one of Britain’s premier shanty sides who have taken the major festivals by storm with their impressive harmonies and boisterous interpretations. Support comes from Jake Morgan and The Deacons.

On Saturday the city centre will host a wide range of morris sides including the Armitage Mummers and a Jack in the Green. During the day there will also be the chance to get in some early Christmas presents with the Festival Craft Fair in the Guildroom.

The Guildhall will also be busy with The Laners singing their repertoire of songs, followed by the first of two sets from Tamworth’s Mitre’s Well. Les Baker is next on stage with his unique humour, before English poet Les Barker brings comedic poetry and parodies of popular songs to the city.

Other highlights on the Saturday include lively interpretations of traditional Irish tunes by Lampa, as well as a performance of English songs by Galloway, Culbert and Doyle.

John Kirkpatrick

The day is rounded off by festival favourites Meet on the Ledge.

On Sunday, father and daughter dup Andy Fincham and Kate Akers kick off the afternoon session, before Wildfire Folk take to the stage.

John Kirkpatrick will bring his Victorian Farmer’s Year in Song showcase to the city ahead of acoustic duo The Vogwells.

Also on the Sunday bill are Folklaw, The Jigantics and PIG (Pretty Interesting Group).

To book tickets or view the full programme of events and performances visit www.lichfieldarts.org.uk or ring 01543 262223.

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.