Folk festival of the week: Cheltenham Folk Festival, various venues, Cheltenham
Friday 01 February 2013
Spread across eight venues, from Town Hall to Bell Inn, the first English folk festival of 2013, and Cheltenham's 17th year, sports a handsome line-up including Bellowhead's Spiers and Boden (above) on Saturday, and rich English treasures from Belshazzar's Feast, who are part of Friday night's opening concert, with Fay Hield, Gavin Davenport with his new album The Bone Orchard, and KAN.
Much-loved veteran singer Nic Jones heads the closing concert with Jim Moray and the reformed Faustus on 10 February, and in between there's melodeon master Andy Cutting, The Morris On band, several streets full of Morris dancers, and Newcastle fiddler Tom McConville, who also leads one of the many workshops.
You'll also find singing sessions in the Bell Inn, the New Penguin Book of Folk Songs given an afternoon platform on 9 February, and an interview session with husband-and-wife Jon Boden and Fay Hield on 10 February at noon.
(0844 576 2210; cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk/folk-festival) Fri to 10 Feb
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