Artists revealed for folk festival

A STELLAR line-up has been unveiled for this year’s Filey Folk Festival.

More than 25 artists including some from the USA, Australia and Ireland are in line to perform during the rejuvenated three day event, which will also feature a host of locally-renowned musicians.

The festivities will begin at The Station, in Church Street, on April 29 with two performances from Filey Folk Club, with singer songwriters Richard Grainger and Rebekah Findlay also on the bill.

The following day will see the festival really get into full swing with 12 acts due to wow the crowds, including Filey’s Robert Hartley and Valmai Brown of Hunmanby.

Others acts scheduled on stage are American group The Drews, described by one critic as making ‘head-turning, no frills music full of imagination’ and Tipperary performer Paula Ryan.

The evening will feature acts including The Noctural Flowers, Dennis Caruana and local musician Joe Solo.

The final day of performances on Sunday, May 1, will kick off with Dickie Didgerie Doo Berry and Derek Waudby before Tasmanian artist Jay Fraser will show off his singer songwriting prowess.

Scarborough’s Jesse Hutchinson and Pilgrims Way are just two of the acts signed up for the evening with the Creek Cats scheduled to draw the weekend to a lively close.

Andrew Scattergood, who runs The Station alongside Andy Baker, said he was delighted to be hosting the event and expected the performers to prove popular.

He said: “It is a good line-up and we have had the Filey Folk Club performing at The Station for a while so it made sense to hold something like this here.

“Everyone is really looking forward to it and it should be a really big weekend.”

Mr Scattergood also confirmed that the event, which has received funding from the Arts Council, would see rooms at the pub set aside for groups and individuals who want to sing and perform over the weekend.

For more information about the event and details of the full line-up , log on to www.fileyfolkfestival.