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
Potter's attempt to create an Essex Taj Mahal was a lovely treattv
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Games of Thrones actor Lena Headey makes emotional promise to her unborn daughter
- 2 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 3 Puerto Rico, island of lost dreams: People are leaving the debt-hit territory in droves as near neighbour Cuba's star rises
- 4 Female Muay Thai champion hustles coaches to give them a beating
- 5 16-year-old girl beaten and burned alive by lynch mob in Rio Bravo, Guatemala
Eurovision 2015: Graham Norton returns with another cutting commentary - his best lines
Eurovision 2015: The best moments from Australia's random entry to Lithuania's gay kiss
Clarkson, Hammond and May Live: Top Gear trio returns with a blend of fireworks, AC/DC and 'automotive pornography'
Eurovision 2015 winner: Sweden beats Russia and Italy to take the title from Conchita Wurst
Eurovision 2015: Estonia seemingly enters Louis Tomlinson from One Direction
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
Report finds that Britain's wages are the most unequal in Europe
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland