Derby Folk Festival, which runs from Friday October 5 until Sunday 7, has a fantastic line up with Seth Lakeman, Martin Simpson, Bob Fox, and Fay Hield & The Hurricane Party. For more information visit www.derbyfolkfestival.co.ukSeth Lakeman is a fantastically talented singer, songwriter and musician if you have never seen him live then go and give yourselves a treat his playing is so passionate and you can tell he cares about what he plays and stories he tells many of which focus on the dying traditional trades. The new CD compilation which will be out later this month.
Martin Simpson is a master guitarist and has recently made a guest appearance on Fay Hield's latest album Orfeo which I thoroughly recommend.
He and Fay are also on the bill at Sidmouth Folk Week which runs from August 3-10.
Also appearing is the legend Dave Swarbrick who is just about to release a two CD compilation of Fairport Convention live which covers the band from 1976-79, he will also be appearing at Bath Folk Festival & Traditional Music Summer School which runs from August 13 to 19.
Another group to look out for is Blackbeard's Tea Party from York. If you can't wait until then you can catch them at the Bromsgrove Folk Club on Friday July 13.