Ireby Festival announces four main stage headline acts:
Following the sell out success of this year's festival, the 2017 line-up is set to attract the same level of interest from people who enjoy an eclectic mix of national and international music performed in small intimate venues.
Admiral Fallow, is one of Scotland's finest five piece bands. Their performances have been described as joyous, heartbreakingly beautiful, sonically audacious and lyrically bewitching. Notably they have performed at T in the Park, Latitude, Cambridge Festival and Glastonbury. They have arranged some of their songs in collaboration with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Auricle Ensemble) and in January 2016 they performed at two sold out Celtic Connections including Glasgow’s premier venue the 2000 capacity Old Fruit Market.
Jon Boden is best known as the lead singer and main arranger of the progressive folk juggernaut Bellowhead. After twelve years, a quarter of a million album sales, seven singles on the Radio 2 playlist and selling out hundreds of venues throughout the land and beyond, including notably the Royal Albert Hall, Jon is launching his first ever solo tour.
Fay Hield and the Hurricane Party. Love and betrayal, witchcraft, playground games, a hornet and a beetle … folk singer Fay Hield and her stellar band offer an enticing glimpse into the world of English folklore. At times sparse and contemplative, at others, fired-up with a spirit-lifting rhythm and plenty of rousing choruses, the music is both captivating and thought-provoking.
Martyn Joseph is a unique talent driven by passion, social awareness and love for his trade, his music manages to empower and speak for the many. He is a jaw dropping guitar player who has developed a unique percussive style, teamed up with a powerful show stopping voice, and has been called “The Welsh Springsteen”
Festival Director, Charles Devlin said “these four acts are just an example of the quality and diversity of the music to be found at Ireby next year. We will continue to place emphasis on talented young musicians and to maintain the festival’s broad musical tapestry with the inclusion of Blues from Martin Harley, Jazz from Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra and Bluegrass from Gentlemen of Few, plus quite a few surprises in between".
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