New names added to Folk by the Oak 2017 line-up ahead of ticket prices going up

PUBLISHED: 15:34 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:03 07 February 2017

Kitty Macfarlane will play the Acorn Stage at Folk by the Oak 2017 at Hatfield House [Picture: Todd MacDonald]

Kitty Macfarlane will play the Acorn Stage at Folk by the Oak 2017 at Hatfield House [Picture: Todd MacDonald]

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The first acts playing the second stage at this summer’s Folk by the Oak festival in Hatfield have been announced.

Ahead of prices for the all-day Hertfordshire music festival going up at the end of the month, organisers today (Friday) added singer Kitty Macfarlane and duo Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage to the Folk by the Oak 2017 line-up.

They will both play the smaller Acorn Stage, and join the likes of Levellers, Show of Hands, Kate Rusby and Shake the Chains on the FBTO bill.

Kitty Macfarlane will play the Acorn Stage at Folk by the Oak 2017 at Hatfield House [Picture: David Leyland]Kitty Macfarlane will play the Acorn Stage at Folk by the Oak 2017 at Hatfield House [Picture: David Leyland]

The festival of all things folk and acoustic will return to the grounds of Hatfield House on Sunday, July 16.

Of the latest additions, Kitty Macfarlane is a Somerset-based singer and songwriter.

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage will play the Acorn Stage at Folk by the Oak 2017 at Hatfield HouseHannah Sanders & Ben Savage will play the Acorn Stage at Folk by the Oak 2017 at Hatfield House

Kitty tweeted: “Thrilled to be announced as part of the line-up for @FolkByTheOak’s Acorn stage! 16th July at Hatfield House, Herts. x”

As well as the release of her debut EP Tide & Time, 2016 took Kitty on an extensive national support tour with Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman.

Kitty was a BBC Young Folk Award semi-finalist in 2015 and has recently been awarded a creative bursary from the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) for a songwriting project.

Folk by the Oak founder Adam Slough said: “Kitty Macfarlane has a singing voice that stops you in your tracks and draws you in right from the start.

Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage will play the Acorn Stage at Folk by the Oak 2017 at Hatfield HouseHannah Sanders & Ben Savage will play the Acorn Stage at Folk by the Oak 2017 at Hatfield House

“Her flawless voice is accompanied by her beautifully fingerpicked guitar.

“She was one of those applications that stood out instantly and basically booked itself. Make sure you do not miss this set.”

Folk by the Oak 2017 line-up so far

MAIN STAGE

• Levellers performing Levelling the Land Live

• Kate Rusby

• Eric Bibb

• Show of Hands

• Shake the Chains

ACORN STAGE

• Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

• Patch & The Giant

• Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

• Kitty Macfarlane

Both Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage hail from folk singing families in the flatlands of East Anglia.

Hannah spent much of her formative years touring Europe with her family band in a converted school bus, singing folk songs a capella in the street in order to make enough money to move to the next city.

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).

However, a sea change and relocation to the US saw her soak up the influences from the American North East and take up the dulcimer.

Meanwhile Ben was writing and touring with celebrated UK folk band The Willows whose albums Beneath Our Humble Soil and Amidst Fiery Skies were championed by the likes of the BBC’s Bob Harris and Mike Harding.

As a duo, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage have impressed FBTO organisers Adam and Caroline Slough.

They said: “Having been completely blown away by their 2016 album Before The Sun, we recently saw Hannah and Ben supporting Sarah Jarosz at Union Chapel in Islington.

“It was an incredibly beautiful set that had the capacity crowd of 900 completely transfixed as they sang and played around a single microphone creating a subtle yet rich and dynamic sound.

“Bag your hay bale early for this set and prepare to be taken on a wonderful journey with this spellbinding duo.”

Hannah tweeted that she was “delighted to be part of this year’s festival”.

More acts are due to be announced for both the main stage and Acorn arena soon.

Early bird tickets for the 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 www.folkbytheoak.com


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