Here's the latest news from GTSF. A couple more acts added to the bill and some links to great reviews of GTSF 2021.
Ian Croft of RnR Magazine (a great read with hundreds of reviews each bimonthly edition) says it was his best live event of 2021! "New site, new date, and Covid were no barriers to an excellent four-day festival", as seen in the Jan/Feb edition:
The reviewed the festival in the Nov/Dec issue: “it was a wonderful festival – my first for two years".
If you don't know FolkRadio UK, it's not a radio station but an excellent website for all things folk and roots (arguably with the most content of any UK website). They came along to the 2021 event and reviewed us here "“outstanding music, could hardly have wished for more”.
It's heart-warming to get this feedback, especially after all the uncertainties we faced putting on the festival last year with the move to the new site (and not to mention the dreaded virus)!
So we're full steam ahead with 2022 plans now. There are a few changes, but lots will be the same as 2021. The results of the ticket-buyer survey were overwhelmingly positive about pretty much everything (although we know now the focus for the improvements we need to make). Thanks to everyone who completed the survey.
And finally, there are a couple of new artists we've just confirmed
Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe
Two veterans of the UK folk scene who are brilliant together. They'll be doing solo slots too, and Steve will be running one of his renowned guitar workshops for all the budding players out there.
"They work so well together – 2 of our best songwriters & singers, understanding and enriching each other’s songs. The audience loved them.”
“These two well-travelled veterans of the folk music scene have still got a great deal to say and can still say it with style”
Folk Radio UK
Honey & the Bear
Crafters of brilliantly melodic, clever and catchy songs, Lucy and Jon Hart are joined by multi-instrumentalist Toby Shaer and percussionist Evan Carson (of Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys fame)
“Their songs are just so comforting and full of hope and love….these two don’t preach, they write about love and both radiate love so authentically on stage like I have not often experienced before. Everyone feels wrapped in by their music and their lyrics, just like they sing in 'Ocean': 'And in the dark I’ll find you, wrap my arms around you. When you think hope is lost I’ll let my love surround you'. Just gorgeous. I don’t hear many lines on love that speak to me – these lines do”
Dagmar Brudnitzki – Fatea Magazine
One of the UK's greatest blues vocalists and a fine flautist, with Danny Blomeley on guitar.
Kyla joins the line up for Thursday night's blues special on the main stage with Ian Siegal and The Daniel Smith Blues Band. Her raw talent has seen her described as "the finest female blues singer of her generation". Winner of the 2018 UK Blues Challenge, as well as the 2019 European Blues Challenge and crowned Best Female Vocalist in the 2019 European Blues Awards
These three added to the growing list of artists already announced:
Dervish: one of the biggest names in Irish music internationally. They’re renowned for live performances, which match dazzling sets of tunes with stunning interpretations of traditional songs.
Peat & Diesel: Stornoway 3-piece confirmed for Friday! This band are on a supersonic trajectory, selling out everywhere they play in hours. Tongue-in-cheek stories of island life belted out with riotous joy.
Ian Siegal: “Awash with wit, lust and distraction…..the cleverest writer and most magnetic performer of Blues in the UK ” MOJO
The Spooky Men's Chorale
Australia's Spooky Men can be uproariously funny. They can also move you to tears. Such is the power of these 17 sublime voices and stunning a cappella arrangements.
With the fiddle leading the charge, Noble Jacks are out to take no prisoners with their high-energy footstompin’ rhythms, which have taken crowds by storm across the UK. “An Explosion of insurmountable energy and brilliantly catchy riffs”
Chris While & Julie Matthews: with more than 25 years of unrivalled musical partnership and gathering numerous nominations, awards and critical acclaim along the way.
Blackbeard's Tea Party: will ramp up the festivities on Saturday, fantastic musicianship, playful choreography and an unstoppable urge to move your body!
Daniel Smith Blues Band
'A serious challenger to Jools Holland as the UK's Number One boogie pianist.' Blues In Britain. 'Dazzlingly accomplished boogie woogie and blues piano.' The Guardian.
Field & Dyke: Greg Russell and Danny Pedler, bring their Field & Dyke project to GTSF - it should have been here in 2020: a cracking project combining traditional music with the sounds of industry.
Keith Donnelly, stalwart of GTSF, brings his multiple talents to delight young and young-at-heart alike: comedian, singer-songwriter and all-round entertainer.
We had previously announced Anthony John Clarke to play, but unfortunately, he has had to pull out due to other commitments.
Tier 1 Tickets
Tier 1 tickets are on sale now giving you great discounts so hurry as when they're gone, we'll be moving to Tier 2.
See you in July!
The GTSF team