Blues legend joins Hatfield music festival’s 2017 line-up

PUBLISHED: 15:02 20 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:03 07 February 2017

Folk by the Oak 2016 at Hatfield House

Folk by the Oak 2016 at Hatfield House


Another main stage act for this summer’s Folk by the Oak festival in Hatfield has been announced.

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American-born acoustic blues singer-songwriter Eric Bibb has been announced for the folk festival taking place in the grounds of Hatfield House on Sunday, July 16.

He joins Levellers, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby and Shake the Chains on the main stage line-up at FBTO’s 10th festival at the Hertfordshire stately home.

The American-born acoustic blues singer-songwriter has long been on the Folk by the Oak radar with his honest, powerful, soulful and upbeat blues.

A FBTO statement said: “A world class act, incredible to see live, we know his performance will complement our line-up perfectly.”

Folk by the Oak 2017 line-up so far


• Levellers performing Levelling the Land Live

• Kate Rusby

• Eric Bibb

• Show of Hands

• Shake the Chains


• Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

• Patch & The Giant

• Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

• Kitty Macfarlane

There is no doubting Eric’s status as an acoustic blues legend.

Since his first album in 1972, Eric has released 35 further albums and enjoyed a non-stop touring career spanning five decades.

Folk by the Oak ticket prices

• Adult:

£33 Early Bird price until midnight January 31, 2017.

£36.50 Advance price from February 1 until midnight March 31, 2017.

£39.50 Regular price from April 1 until midnight July 15, 2017.

£45 on day of festival (subject to availability).

• Child aged 5 to 15:

£18 at all times (children aged 4 and under are free, and do not require a ticket).

All under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is over 18 years old.

• Family offer (2 adults and 2 children):

£94 Early Bird price until midnight January 31, 2017.

£101 Advance price from February 1 until midnight March 31, 2017.

£107 Regular price from April 1 until midnight July 15 2017.

(Not available on the day of the festival).

This has made Eric one of the leading bluesmen of his generation and allowed him to draw together a faithful and multinational ‘tribe’ of musicians with whom he has recorded and performed on stage, including such luminaries as Pops and Mavis Staples, Guy Davis, Bonnie Raitt, Toumani Diabate, and Jerry Douglas.

FBTO organisers added: “A progressive preservationist and a fiery singer with true soul, gospel and folk roots, it will be an honour to welcome Eric Bibb to our Main Stage.”

Early bird tickets for the Hatfield festival cost £33 per adult until midnight January 31, rising to £36.50 on February 1.

Family tickets are also cheaper before the end of the month.

A family pass for two adults and two children currently costs £94, with the price £101 from February 1 to midnight, March 31.

• For more information about the festival, and to book tickets, visit the Folk by the Oak website at
• For more on Eric Bibb, visit the blues singer’s website at

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