Folk by the Oak festival organisers announce more of 2016 line-up set for Hatfield

Kelly Oliver will play Folk by the Oak 2016 at Hatfield House

Kelly Oliver will play Folk by the Oak 2016 at Hatfield House - Credit: Archant

Organisers have confirmed more acts set to play a music festival taking place in Hatfield next summer.

False Lights will play Folk by the Oak 2016 at Hatfield House

False Lights will play Folk by the Oak 2016 at Hatfield House - Credit: Archant

Folk by the Oak (FBTO) returns to the grounds of Hatfield House on Sunday, July 24, 2016.

And joining the previously announced Main Stage acts will be False Lights, featuring FBTO patron Jim Moray.

The first Acorn Stage performers have also been confirmed, with rising Stevenage star Kelly Oliver set to play the summer showcase.

Festival promoters at JSL Productions said: “Folk by the Oak are delighted to announce that their patron Jim Moray will be joining them on the main stage in 2016 with his ‘Folk you can jump to’ folk / rock project False Lights.”

The Rheingans Sisters will play Folk by the Oak 2016 at Hatfield House

The Rheingans Sisters will play Folk by the Oak 2016 at Hatfield House - Credit: Archant


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The result of a late-night bar conversation between Sam Carter and Jim Moray – both BBC Folk Award winners in their own right – False Lights is a gleefully raucous guitar band that plays traditional songs and tunes “without committing the sins of the past”.

Formed in the spirit of the genre’s late-60s originators, but informed by the music of Sam and Jim’s far more recent youth, False Lights owe as much to Radiohead as they do to Fairport Convention.

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With Afro Celt Sound System, Sweet Liberties – a supergroup of Martyn Joseph, Nancy Kerr, Sam Carter, Maz O’Connor, Patsy Reid and Nick Cooke – and Martin Simpson & Dom Flemons already announced for the Main Stage, the smaller Acorn Stage line-up is also starting to take shape now.

The Rheingans Sisters will perform on the smaller stage next summer, as will Kelly Oliver.

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Sisters Rowan and Anna Rheingans bring a fresh approach to fiddle music and a captivating stage presence.

Rowan is no stranger to Folk by the Oak, having performed on the Main Stage earlier this year with Lady Maisery.

Also announced for the Acorn Stage is emerging Hertfordshire talent Kelly Oliver, who has been championed by BBC Radio 2’s Whispering Bob Harris.

Hailing from Stevenage and supported by the Folkstock organisation, singer-songwriter Kelly’s debut album This Land won her a four star review from The Telegraph.

It also earned a nomination for FATEA Magazine’s Best Debut Album of 2014.

Kelly’s second album, Bedlam, is due for release on March 6 on Folkstock Records.

FBTO takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field at Hatfield House the day after the annual Battle Proms concert.

Doors will open at 12.30pm, with the music starting around 1.30pm.

The festival finishes around 10.30pm.

An adult ticket costs £33 if booked before February 1.

The price is then £36 if bought before April 1.

Tickets cost £39 from April 1 until July 23.

They are £44 on the day, subject to availability.

Children aged five to 15 pay £18 and the festival is free for ages four and under.

A family ticket for two adults and two children costs £94 if booked before February 1.

The price is then £100 if booked before April 1, and £39 from April 1 until July 23.

* For information and to book tickets, visit www.folkbytheoak.com

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