Two more announced for Hatfield music festival

PUBLISHED: 16:15 27 January 2017 | UPDATED: 13:26 07 February 2017

Leveret will open the Main Stage at Folk by the Oak 2017 in the grounds of Hatfield House this summer

Leveret will open the Main Stage at Folk by the Oak 2017 in the grounds of Hatfield House this summer

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Two more names have been added to the line-up of the UK's largest one-day folk festival taking place in Hatfield this summer.

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Organisers of Folk by the Oak 2017 have added Leveret and Fara to the music festival’s 10th bill.

They join the likes of Levellers, Kate Rusby, acoustic blues legend Eric Bibb and Show of Hands on the FBTO line-up.

The festival will return to the grounds of Hatfield House on Sunday, July 16 – the day after the Battle Proms concert.

Fara will play the Acorn Stage at Folk by the Oak 2017 in the grounds of Hatfield House this summerFara will play the Acorn Stage at Folk by the Oak 2017 in the grounds of Hatfield House this summer

Opening the Main Stage this summer will be instrumental folk supergroup Leveret.

The ensemble comprises three exceptionally talented musicians.

This year’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Musician of the Year’ Sam Sweeney, a former member of Folk by the Oak’s 2015 headliners Bellowhead, is on fiddle, while twice winner of the same award Andy Cutting is on accordion.

Andy has worked with Kate Rusby, Nancy Kerr, June Tabor to name but a few of folk’s luminaries.

Completing the trio is Rob Harbron on concertina.

Rob is well known for his work as a member of award-winning folk group The Full English.

Caroline Slough, creative director of Folk by the Oak, said: “Their performances are a mesmerising musical conversation between instruments; sensitively exploring traditional English tunes in a timeless and contemporary style. Simply captivating!”

Meanwhile, the smaller Acorn Stage continues to grow, with Fara added to the bill.

Gems of the Scottish folk scene, Fara consists of Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price.

“Fara have been in our sights for a while now and we are so pleased that they can join us at Folk by the Oak this year, bringing a touch of Orcadian magic to the Acorn Stage,” said Caroline.

“The energy of three fiddles and a driving piano mixed with vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies make this a set not to be missed.”

Folk by the Oak will take place in the historic Queen Elizabeth Oak Field at Hatfield House for the 10th time.

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

• Leveret

ACORN STAGE

• Sam Kelly & The Lost Boys

• Patch & The Giant

• Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage

• Fara

• Kitty Macfarlane

• London Youth Folk Ensemble

The compact and leafy setting with two stages allows the festival to present a full day of wall-to-wall folk and acoustic music, complemented with a range of activities and workshops for all ages.

Since announcing Levellers, who will close the festival by performing Levelling the Land live, and Kate Rusby in December, the festival has added acoustic blues legend Eric Bibb to the bill as well as festival favourites Show of Hands.

The last slots on both stages are yet to be announced.

There’s just a few days left to get your festival tickets for the best price.

Early bird adult tickets for Folk by the Oak cost £33 until midnight on January 31, 2017.

The advance price is then £36.50 from February 1 until midnight March 31, 2017.

They cost £39.50 from April 1 until midnight July 15, 2017, and are £45 on the day of the festival (subject to availability).

Children aged five to 15 pay £18 at all times, and youngsters aged four 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.

The early bird family offer of £94 for two adults and two children also closes at midnight on Tuesday, January 31.

The advance family price is then £101 until midnight March 31.

The regular price from April 1 is £107, with family tickets not available on the day of the festival.

• For more information go to www.folkbytheoak.com

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