Folk by the Oak Acorn stage acts confirmed for Hatfield music festival
PUBLISHED: 21:32 10 May 2013 | UPDATED: 21:45 10 May 2013
THE first Acorn Stage acts for this summer’s Folk by the Oak music festival at Hatfield House have been announced.
Hot Feet and Modeste Hugues have been confirmed for the smaller of the two stages set to entertain lovers of all things folk, acoustic and roots at the Hertfordshire stately home on Sunday, July 21.
Stroud-based band Hot Feet draw together an eclectic mix of musical influences, including Delta blues, 60s folk and world rhythms.
A spokeswoman for JSL Productions, the organising team behind Folk by the Oak, said: “Marianne Parrish’s vocals are at once effortless and beguiling, Jack’s enigmatic fingerstyle guitar a force to be reckoned with, and we simply couldn’t pass up the opportunity to host these remarkable musicians.”
Meanwhile, Modeste is an award-winning singer-songwriter and guitarist from Madagascar whose music is a unique blend of traditional Malagasy sounds.
He creates beautiful melodies and rhythms with hypnotic guitar playing and vocals and is known for his exceptional and unique guitar skills and powerful live performances.
“We think Modeste makes exceptional music, the perfect sound for Folk by the Oak,” said a spokeswoman for the event’s organisers.
Billed as a one-day festival of award-winning contemporary folk artists in the leafy grounds of Hatfield House, FBTO returns to the grounds of the stately home for a sixth time the day after the annual Battle Proms classical picnic concert.
The star attraction on the main stage will be Yorkshire folk singer Kate Rusby, while legendary folk group Oysterband also have a headline slot.
Also playing the open-air event are Scottish trio Lau and duo Gilmore and Roberts.
The 2013 Folk by the Oak main stage line-up also includes four of the country’s finest female folk players in Eliza Carthy, Bella Hardy, Lucy Farrell and Kate Young.
Award-winning festival patron Jim Moray will team up with The Doret Ensemble to perform debut album Sweet England in its entirety to mark the 10th anniversary of its release.
Completing the bill is singer Fay Hield and The Hurricane Party. They will be accompained by Martin Simpson.
Tickets for Folk by the Oak currently cost £35 for adults. The cost rises to £39 on the day of festival, subject to availability.
The price is £16 at all times for children aged five to 15, while youngsters aged four and under get in for free and do not require a ticket.
A family pass for two adults and two children costs £94.
Advance group bookings of 10 or more qualify for a £2 reduction per ticket.
Gates will open at 1pm on the day and the first main stage acts are scheduled to come on around 2pm.
The Acorn Stage performances begin just after the gates open, with further acts between the Main Stage sets.
* For more information on the festival visit www.folkbytheoak.com
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