Top acts on the bill for folk fest

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THREE folk acts described as some of the best in the country are topping the bill at the 25th annual Cleckheaton Folk Festival.

On Friday July 6 the headlining act is Vin Garbutt – who is also known as the Teesside Troubadour.

Organiser Jim Saville said: “Vin has been wowing festival audiences for more than four decades. A fine singer and song writer, Vin is above all a superb entertainer.

“He is able to have an audience in stitches with his asides and anecdotes and then move them to tears with his powerful songs and masterful delivery.”

Saturday’s concert will be headlined by Coope, Boyes and Simpson.

Jim said: “The trio have been singing together for the past 20 years on stages throughout Britain, Europe and the US, performing a mixture of self-penned and traditional numbers in tight, three part harmony.

“Having that depth of history together, they are able to take the music by the scruff of the neck and mould it in to something moving and memorable.”

Sunday’s headline act is award winning Cara Dillon and her band. Cara, from Ireland, has been singing since she was a teenager, and has sung with such folk bands as Óige and Equation. She released her first album in 2001, and works as a solo artist and also as Polestar with her husband Sam Lakeman, as well as collaborating with many other musicians.

Jim said: “These three acts, good as they are, are only a minor part of the line up which contains dozens of singers and musicians, dozens of street entertainers, a handful of storytellers and poets and more than a dozen full dance teams, as well as many amateur performers in the sing-a-rounds and instrumental sessions throughout the weekend and a rare performance by the iconic Hammer and Shears Theatre Company.

“Naturally there are lots of others to ensure that there will be something for everyone to enjoy over the weekend.”

The folk festival takes place from Friday July 6 until Sunday July 8 in various venues in Cleckheaton.