Seth Lakeman and Bad Shepherds flock to Hatfield House

Seth Lakeman will headline Folk by the Oak at Hatfield House

Seth Lakeman will headline Folk by the Oak at Hatfield House


ONE of the UK’s foremost folk singer-songwriters will headline this summer’s Folk by the Oak festival in the grounds of Hatfield House.

Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds will be appearing at Folk by the Oak in the grounds of Hatfield House

Acclaimed artist Seth Lakeman will top the bill when the family friendly festival returns to the leafy surroundings of Hatfield Park on Sunday, July 24.

He released his latest studio album, Hearts & Minds, last July and it encompasses traditional and modern themes of love, loss and human struggle.

Joining Seth Lakeman will be Devon-based 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards double winners Show of Hands and former Young Ones star Adrian Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds.

Show of Hands, singer-songwriter Steve Knightly and multi-instrumentalist Phil Beer, released Covers 2 last year, an album containing versions of Dakota by the Stereophonics, Bob Marley’s No Woman, No Cry and Bruce Springsteen’s Youngstown.

BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards winners Show of Hands will be appearing at Folk by the Oak in Hatfield

Ade Edmondson and the Bad Shepherds, meanwhile, also do covers – of punk songs, including The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Jam, on folk instruments. Somehow it works.

Three of Scotland’s most successful young musicians – Drever, McCusker and Woomble – unite with the radiant tones of Heidi Talbot for a special performance in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field in Hatfield.

Also playing Folk by the Oak are Tyde, Bella Hardy and Dartmoor duo Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman.

With just seven performance slots available, the task of programming this compact Sunday afternoon of music is one that involves much deliberation and head-scratching.

“We really want to provide a showcase of the finest folk acts of the moment, while also trying to fit in one or two that are more up and coming,” said organiser Adam Slough.

“We’re pretty confident that the 2011 line-up will get people excited.”

Tickets, priced £31 for adults, have already gone on sale and are available from the Folk by the Oak website or by calling 01432 355416.

Festival organisers have held last year’s prices until April 1. Family and group discounts are also available.

Proceeds from all ticket sales will go to The Willow Foundation, with 50p from each ticket sold for the 2011 festival donated to the Old Hatfield-based charity.

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