New stage announced for Folk by the Oak

Some of the best traditional acts in the UK will be at this year’s Folk by the Oak festival, alongside emerging talent on a new second stage.

The fifth celebration of all things roots and folk takes place in the grounds of Hatfield Park on Sunday July 22 featuring headliners Show of Hands - who sold out the Albert Hall this year, the marvellous Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, and the beautiful vocals of Cara Dillon. The main stage line-up also includes Scottish instrumentalists Breabach, singer-songwriter Chris Wood, duo Nancy Kerr And James Fagan, and Bafta winners Emily Barker And The Red Clay Halo.

The addition of the Acorn Stage this year means there is more music on offer from new acts, including finalists of the Hertfordshire New Roots competition. Here you can see St Alban’s Nick And The Sun Machine, The Willows, 13-year-old violinist Billy Hill, BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award nominee Sunjay Brayne, and the bluegrass-inspired Rusty Shackle. Acts will appear between sets on the main stage.

Festival Director Adam Slough said he is excited about the new stage. “It has given us the opportunity to book further acts and include some local upcoming performers as well. It means that these acts, relatively new on the scene, will have the opportunity to appear on the same bill as folk superstars.”

Tickets for the relaxed family picnic event are available from www.folkbytheoak.com at �34 per adult, �16 for children from five to 15, and �92 for a family ticket.

We’ve got two pairs of adult tickets up for grabs. For your chance to win go to page 44.

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