Folk & Roots


Sun 11th Mar - Sun 11th Mar

Sunday Sessions In the summer of 2016, the organisers of FolkEast Festival had the grand idea of pairing legendary fiddle layer Peter Knight (ex-Steeleye Span) and melodeon player extraordinaire, John Spiers (ex-Bellowhead) for a special ‘one off’ concert at that year’s festival. In the event, it ended up being a genuine festival highlight, with no space to be found in the Marquee and people standing five deep in pouring rain. For a few minutes at the close of their performance, with a standing ovation and roars for more, it didn’t seem as though the audience was going to let them go. As the MC commented, it was one of those occasions when people could say “I was there”. It was also clear that leaving matters there was not an option. This then is the debut tour of two of the finest musicians in their respective fields. Start Time: 8pm Tickets: £12.50 Full // £10.50 Concessions // £5 LIVE PASS Running Time: TBC


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Sunday Sessions  The Roberts-Lakeman name has become synonymous with “quality” during their musical careers. Kathryn’s sublime vocals merge seamlessly with Sean’s deft and inventive live guitar-work on stage. Start Time: 8pm Running Time: 1 hour 50 mins (inc. interval) Tickets: £14 Full // £12 Concession


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Paul Sartin (Bellowhead) on oboe, violin, vocals and Paul Hutchinson (Hoover the Dog) on accordion are Belshazzar’s Feast. The duo start with traditional folk music, add a touch of classical and jazz, throw in a bit of pop and music hall, and top it off with wry humour for a unique live experience. They are breathtaking and wickedly inventive! Start Time: 8pm Running Time: 1 hour 40 minutes (inc. interval) Tickets: £14 Full // £12 Concessions  


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Since being named Best Newcomer at the 2010 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Sam Carter has been stirring audiences from Camden to Canada, via an attention grabbing appearance on Later… with Jools Holland and a dreams really-do-come-true performance in a speciallyassembled band to back Richard Thompson at Shrewsbury Folk Festival. Start Time: 8pm Running Time: 1 hour 50 mins (inc. interval) Tickets: £12 Full // £10 Concession


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Sunday Sessions Hugely admired as a solo artist, collaborator, and member of folk superstars Lau, he is a phenomenal and prolific artist. He has already played alongside Jack Bruce, Bela Fleck, Tinariwen, and many more.   On this tour Kris is supported by African-Canadian roots artist Kaia Kater –   Start Time: 8pm Running Time: 1 hour 50 mins (inc interval) Tickets: £14 Full // £12 Concessions


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Sunday Sessions  Her mellifluous voice and imaginatively plaintive fiddle style has won her several BBC Folk Awards. Her material ranges from traditional ballads to eerie lullabies and rich contemporary songs. Start Time: 8pm Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes (inc. interval) Tickets: £14 Full // £12 Concessions


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Sunday Sessions If you don’t know the voice of Cara Dillon, you’re in for a real treat.  If you are already amongst her legions of admirers around the world, you know she has something special in store. The extraordinary Irish singer makes music that transcends genres and crosses barriers.  She has won every folk award going, but confesses to being no purist, making music that reaches beyond the constraints and limitations of tradition.  To see Cara live is to witness a masterpiece in song and emotion, ethereal and radiant, beautifully honed and perfectly true. Start Time: 8pm Running Time: 1 hour 50 mins (inc. interval) Tickets: £20 All tickets


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  Previously nominated for the Best Group Award in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and in the wake of the latest album released this autumn (title tbc at time of going to press), Faustus brings to the stage three of the leading lights of their generation: Saul Rose (Waterson: Carthy, Whapweazel, War Horse), Benji Kirkpatrick (Seth Lakeman Band, Bellowhead) and Paul Sartin (Bellowhead, Belshazzar’s Feast). They have a plethora of experience between them, brought together here in a virtuosic display of musicianship and testosterone representing the best in the current vibrant English folk scene. Start Time – 8pm Tickets: £14 Full // £12 Concessions Running Time: 1 hour 50 mins (inc. interval)