Billy Bragg headlines the Beverley and East Riding Folk Festival which kicks off this Friday night at 8pm at the Beverley Leisure Complex. The Festival now in its 26th year, takes place over the long weekend from Friday 19th June until Sunday 21st June 2009.
Other acts performing include The Peatbog Faeries, Seth Lakeman, Lúnasa and The Lonnie Donegan Band Feat featuring Lonnie Donegan’s son Peter. But of special interest for me is the appearance of Eric Bogle with John Munro. Eric wrote an anti-war song in 1976 called “No Man’s Land” (which found fame as “The Green Fields of France”) which is one of my favourite and moving songs of all time. Eric and John perform on Sunday 21st June 2009 at 3:00pm.
The full list of artists can be found on the Beverley Folk Festival website:
“The Festival will be bigger than before with the addition of more marquees and will be offering a weekend of activities for all ages, ranging from a fantastic array of craft, food and music stalls, Family and Youth events, workshops and children’s events plus non-stop performances at the Late Night Festival Club. The Wold Top Festival Bar will once again be serving the famous Beverley Festival Brew.”