October 23rd, 2016

Billy Bragg to headline Warwick Folk Festival

Billy Bragg to headline Warwick Folk Festival Billy Bragg to headline Warwick Folk Festival
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Updated: 3:41 pm, Jul 02, 2015

BILLY Bragg is to headline Warwick Folk Festival this year.

Now in its 36th year, the festival will bring together other leading names from around the world including Demon Barbers XL, Nancy Kerr & the Sweet Visitor Band and The Young Uns for a four day music and dance extravaganza at Warwick School.

With something for everyone from dedicated folk fans to music lovers, the festival will be covering a wide range of tastes including blues, rock, country and funk from Thursday July 23 to Sunday July 26.

Billy Bragg, who for over 30 years he has walked in the footsteps of Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan and has worked with great names including Paul Weller, Natalie Merchant and Kirsty MacColl, will perform on Thursday 23 July in the main marquee.

His Mermaid Avenue albums with the American alternative country band Wilco received huge acclaim in the States and he had a UK number one single with The Beatles’ She’s Leaving Home.

Demon Barbers XL, who will perform on Friday 24 July, return to the stage with a new repertoire, extra band members and a modern twist to their multi-award winning roadshow.

Nancy Kerr & the Sweet Visitor Band – BBC Radio 2’s Folk Singer of the Year 2015’ – will take to the stage on Saturday 25 July with A Moving Sound, who are from Taiwan, performing on Sunday 26 July.

Fusing Taiwanese influences with a global sensibility, the award-winning ensemble have built a worldwide following through their mix of music and dance.

The Young Uns, voted ‘BBC Radio 2 Band of the Year 2015’ will play on both Saturday 25 and Sunday July 26.

This year’s packed programme also offers a huge choice of concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, a craft and music fair and a food, real ale and cider festival for all the family to enjoy.

There is also a vast array of colourful dance displays, pub music sessions and open air concerts in the historic town centre.

Local residents with a CV34 postcode can get a 20 per cent discount on Friday, Saturday and Sunday day and evening tickets but will need proof of address when collecting tickets.

Dick Dixon, festival director stated “We are delighted that veteran folk singer Billy Bragg will perform at our 36th Folk Festival.

“Our festival continues to go from strength to strength and it looks certain that this year will be a complete sell out.

“It promises yet again to be a superb fun-filled 4 days of first-class entertainment to suit all tastes and ages”.

Tickets can be booked online and over the phone at the Bridge House theatre box office.

Visit www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk for further information.