Major music festival at Hatfield House today

PUBLISHED: 10:12 21 July 2013 | UPDATED: 12:47 21 July 2013

Fireworks at Folk by the Oak

Fireworks at Folk by the Oak


A MUSIC festival returns to the grounds of Hatfield House today (Sunday), with another bill of award-winning acts.

Main stage acts at Folk by the Oak

* Kate Rusby

* Oysterband

* Lau

* Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young

* Jim Moray & The Doret Ensemble

* Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party with Martin Simpson

* Gilmore & Roberts

The 2013 Folk by the Oak line-up features Kate Rusby, after she also played the 2009 FBTO, and Oysterband.

They will be joined in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field by Scottish trio Lau, festival patron Jim Moray and The Doret Ensemble, female quartet Carthy, Hardy, Farrell & Young and duo Gilmore & Roberts.

There will also be a performance on the main stage from Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party with special guest Martin Simpson.

Of the Hatfield festival’s creation, directors Caroline and Adam Slough said: “Sometime in very early 2008 our love of folk music was so strong that we felt the time had come to add a folk gig to our existing series of family-run outdoor events.

Folk by the OakFolk by the Oak

“Five years earlier we had dreamed of promoting a Kate Rusby concert at one of our beautiful stately home venues and calling it ‘Underneath the Stars’.

“This idea gradually expanded until we found ourselves contemplating a one day folk festival. We felt that Hatfield House would be perfect, with its wooded grounds full of ancient oaks, and when the name ‘Folk by the Oak’ came to us it all suddenly fell into place and we knew we had to do it.

“Within three very busy and exciting months we’d organised our first folk festival.

“Six years later we are still enjoying every minute of preparing for Folk by the Oak.

Kate Rusby will be one of the headliners of Folk by the Oak 2013 at Hatfield HouseKate Rusby will be one of the headliners of Folk by the Oak 2013 at Hatfield House

“It is such a privilege to fill a day with the music we have listened to and loved all our lives and to share it with so many people.”

The festival’s founders added: “With only seven sets available and the whole of the folk world open to us, we decided to go with the idea of a ‘line-up of headliners’, so that our audience could experience the most incredible and inspiring musicians of the day in just one afternoon.

“However, this left little room for the equally talented musicians who are up-and-coming, and so Adam added the Acorn Stage last year, making our event a non-stop concert of folk’s finest performances.”

Over on the smaller Acorn Stage, there will be sets from Said The Maiden, Hot Feet, Tandem and Sam Kelly.

Folk by the Oak 2012 at Hatfield House [Picture: Kc-Dru Willz]Folk by the Oak 2012 at Hatfield House [Picture: Kc-Dru Willz]

Gates to the park open at 1pm and the main stage music starts at 2pm. Tickets for Folk by the Oak cost £39 for adults on the day.

Old Hatfield-based charity Willow Foundation will also benefit, with festival organisers donating 50p from each Folk by the Oak ticket sold.

As well as the music, there will be fine foods, local real ales, potters, knitters, embroiderers, weavers, artists, craftspeople, archers, storytellers, silk painters, circus artists, vintage enthusiasts and much more on site.

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