Folk gig of the week: Big Session, Catton Hall, Derbyshire


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What began as casual after-hours sessions kick-started by Oysterband is now a main stage event sporting a big range of talent.

Saturday features almost 30 acts, including Kami Thompson with her 2011 debut Love Lies, Eddi Reader, Kris Drever, Martin Simpson and his band, and the sublime Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrrell.

Sunday has Bellowhead singer Jon Boden with his Remnant Kings, weaving music from the dystopian Songs from the Floodplain with his A Folk Song a Day project, while Fay Hield's Hurricane Party band features Boden, fellow Bellowheader Sam Sweeney and Andy Cutting.

Boo Hewerdine and Brooks Williams' State of the Union host a songwriter's circle featuring Kris Drever, while Oysterband and June Tabor perform from the great Ragged Kingdom. All that, and the art-folk of Duotone, Idlewild singer Roddy Woomble, and Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes. How big can you get?

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