New Folk by the Oak 2012 stage announced for Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 11:12 03 July 2012 | UPDATED: 14:08 03 July 2012

Folk by the Oak

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ORGANISERS of Folk by the Oak 2012 have announced a new second stage for emerging talent to showcase their music in Hatfield Park.

Nick Stephenson will play the new stage at this year's Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield HouseNick Stephenson will play the new stage at this year's Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield House

SOME of the best traditional acts in the UK will be appearing at this year’s Folk by the Oak festival.

The fifth celebration of all things roots and folk takes place in the grounds of Hatfield House on Sunday, July 22 – the day after the annual Battle Proms concert.

The day-long music festival features headliners Show of Hands, who recently sold out the Albert Hall for the fourth time, the internationally acclaimed Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, and the beautiful vocals of Cara Dillon.

The main stage line-up also includes energetic Scottish instrumentalists Breabach, award-winning singer-songwriter Chris Wood and duo Nancy Kerr and James Fagan.

Dirty bluegrass folk 'n' roll band Rusty Shackle will play the new stage at this year's Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield HouseDirty bluegrass folk 'n' roll band Rusty Shackle will play the new stage at this year's Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield House

Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo complete the bill, having won a BAFTA for track Nostalgia, the theme tune from BBC One drama series Wallander starring Sir Kenneth Brannagh.

And this year’s Folk by the Oak just got that little bit bigger with the addition of the Acorn Stage, meaning there is even more music on offer for fans to enjoy.

Here you can see Nick Stephenson with his band the Sun Machine from St Albans and The Willows.

Further performances will come from 13-year-old fiddle virtuoso Billy Hill, BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee Sunjay Brayne, and the bluegrass-inspired folk of Rusty Shackle.

The Willows will play the new stage at this year's Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield HouseThe Willows will play the new stage at this year's Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield House

These artists have been hand-picked both from submissions to the festival and also from the list of worthy finalists in the Hertfordshire New Roots competition for young musicians.

The Acorn Stage sessions will provide an intimate showcase away from the main stage between sets in a small performance area within the catering village.

Festival director Adam Slough said: “We’re really excited about the Acorn Stage.

“It has given us the opportunity to book further acts and include some local upcoming performers as well.”

Teenage fiddle virtuoso Billy Hill will play the new stage at this year's Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield HouseTeenage fiddle virtuoso Billy Hill will play the new stage at this year's Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield House

As well as a list of stellar folk performers, there will be plenty for all the family to enjoy in Hatfield Park, with stalls and activities including a craft tent, workshops, children’s activities, storytelling, circus skills, real ale bar, music stalls, recycled gifts and delicious food and Celtic Crafts from local group Celtic Harmony.

Fifty pence from each ticket sold for Folk by the Oak is also donated to Old Hatfield-based charity The Willow Foundation, which provides special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds.

Tickets for the relaxed family picnic event are available in advance at £34 per adult, £16 for children aged five to 15, and £92 for a family ticket for two adults and two children.

Adult tickets rise to £38 on the gate.

BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee Sunjay Brayne will play the new stage at this year's Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield HouseBBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee Sunjay Brayne will play the new stage at this year's Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield House

To book tickets, call 01432 355416 of visit www.folkbytheoak.com – click on the link above right.

* See this week’s Welwyn Hatfield Times, out Wednesday, for the chance to win one of five pairs of tickets to Folk by the Oak plus a case of wine courtesy of Casillero del Diablo.


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