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This year's Gate To Southwell Festival line-up includes 2019 BBC folk award winners The Breath

The line-up for this year’s Gate To Southwell Festival promises to be an excellent, eclectic and truly international line-up, according to the organisers.

This year’s festival ­— which will be the 14th ­— takes place from June 4 to 7.

Traditionally, it attracts thousands of people to the cathedral town and has put Southwell on the map.

Madison Violet (26131308)
Madison Violet (26131308)

English roots stars Show Of Hands, the Galician piper-powered Anxo Lorenzo Band, Breton/Scots The Celtic Social Club and 2019 BBC folk award winners The Breath (featuring Rioghnach Connolly) are among the acts already confirmed.

Scottish bands Imar, The Jellyman’s Daughter and Talisk, two Canadian duos in Madison Violet and Pierre Schryer and Adam Dobres, and Californian bluegrass stars AJ Lee and Blue Summit are also on the bill.

Gate To Southwell 2020 also brings folk-meets-Gypsy swing of Beaubowbelles, the French reggae of Simawe from Angiers, Irish folk and harmonies from Donegal’s The Henry Girls, Italian country blues-meets-ragtime double act Veronica Sbergia and Max De Bernardi and the highly-acclaimed, sweet-voiced multi-national Americana band Track Dogs.

Anxo Collage (26131130)
Anxo Collage (26131130)

Now regarded as one of the UK’s best family festivals, set in rural surroundings near Southwell Racecourse, Gate To Southwell starts on Thursday, June 4, with a classic Blues Night starring Dutch-based singer/guitarist Ian Siegal.

Four days of great music will also feature the renaissance man of English folk, Chris Wood, the increasingly-influential and charismatic BBC Horizon award-winner Blair Dunlop, master storyteller and emotional songwriter Reg Meuross, plus Texan-born troubadour and guitar virtuoso Rodney Branigan.

In addition to the music, the festival site will also feature music workshops, ceilidhs, dance displays, children’s entertainment, a craft fair, and fine food and drink stalls.

For tickets and more information, go to www.gtsf.uk

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