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Ian Siegal, Peat & Diesel, and Dervish among acts added to Gate To Southwell Festival bill

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More names have been added to the line-up for this year’s Gate To Southwell Festival.

Leading the list of Celtic stars are the much-celebrated Stornaway three-piece band Peat & Diesel, often labelled the Hebridean Pogues with their comedic stories of island life, as showcased on two acclaimed albums, Uptown Fank and Light My Byre.

They recently sold out the 10000-seater Glasgow Barrowlands and have won live act of the year at the Scottish Trad Music Awards.

Thursday night is blues night at this year's festival with an appearance by multi-award winning artist Ian Siegal.

Dervish. Photo © Colin Gillen/framelight.ie (53838288)
Dervish. Photo © Colin Gillen/framelight.ie (53838288)

Ian has been triumphant at the British Blues Awards nine times, has received multiple USA Blues Music Awards nominations and has been awarded MOJO blues album of the year twice.

Alongside Siegal is the Daniel Smith Blues Band, led by one of the UK’s best boogie woogie and blues pianists.

Bringing a vocal international flavour to Gate To Southwell Festival 2022 are The Spooky Men’s Chorale.

ian ian Siegal at Arlington arts, picture Brian Harrington (53008633)
ian ian Siegal at Arlington arts, picture Brian Harrington (53008633)

They are cult figures from New South Wales and Western Australia thanks to albums such as Tooled Up, Urban Sea Shanties and Welcome To The Second Half.

A charismatic, funny and powerful male voice choir they’re famous for a capella renditions of pop classics such as Dancing Queen, In My Room and Ghost Riders In The Sky.

Also signed up are much-loved singer-songwriter partnership of Chris While and Julie Mathews, the new line-up of highly danceable folk rockers Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Birmingham’s youthful folk supergroup Filkin’s Drift Ensemble featuring Ellie Gowers and the Field & Dyke project with BBC Folk Award winner Greg Russell and Danny Pedlar.

The event will also welcome Dervish, BBC Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 winners and one of the best-loved Irish traditional bands over the last 30 years, fronted by Cathy Jordan.

The 15th Gate To Southwell Festival will take place from July 14-17 at Kirklington.

Building on last year’s success, there will be four live music stages presenting acts from diverse genres such as folk, blues, world, Americana, country, ska, punk, jazz.

In addition the festival offers street theatre, poetry, comedy, artisan food, great traders, cask ales, campfire sessions, kids events and ceilidhs.

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