New Wimborne Minster Folk Festival announces concert line-up for 2013

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By WMFolkFest | Friday, January 18, 2013, 10:26

The new Wimborne Minster Folk Festival is delighted to announce its line-up for the weekend of 7, 8 and 9 June 2013, featuring some of the folk scene's most exciting talent.

Artists confirmed include the new-look Albion Band and BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominees Blair Dunlop, the Carrivick Sisters, and Katriona Gilmore and Jamie Roberts.

Wimborne's annual folk festival has been a highlight of Dorset summers since 1980. Following its organisers' retirement last year, members of the local community stepped forward to keep the 'folkie' alive with a new festival for 2013.

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival promises three days of 'folk, family and fun', with the much-loved mix of dance displays, family activities, workshops and stalls returning to the historic minster town's streets.

Meanwhile, the concerts at the Allendale Centre will showcase superb live music from artists spanning the current folk spectrum.

The Albion Band will headline the opening Friday. After 40 years and more than 100 band members, the dynamic young line-up of Gavin Davenport, Katriona Gilmore, Tim Yates, Tom Wright and Blair Dunlop (nominated as a solo artist for a Horizon Award at this year's BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards) is amassing plaudits with its modern approach to folk.

They will be joined by Corncrow (Kim Guy and Steve Hunt) with their distinctive take on mainly traditional folk songs, and the Carrivick Sisters, runners-up in the 2010 BBC Young Folk Awards, with their lively blend of folk and bluegrass played on guitar, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and clawhammer banjo.

Saturday sees the festival's main ceilidh at the Allendale Centre, led by Gareth Kiddier and The Watch with caller Sheena Masson. Meanwhile, the Allendale's Quarterjack Suite plays host to Union Jill (Helen Turner and Sharon Winfield) followed by a solo appearance by the Albion Band's Blair Dunlop. Headlining will be the contemporary acoustic duo of fiddle player Katriona Gilmore (The Albion Band) and guitarist Jamie Roberts, nominated for Best Duo in this year's Radio 2 Folk Awards.

To close the festival, Sunday night features the Fifteen String Trio, playing high quality, imaginative and contemporary folk music. The trio are Mat Davies, former bass player with Little Johnny England; Katrina Davies, a virtuoso fiddle player recently graduated from the Birmingham Conservatoire; and PJ Wright, long-term guitarist with the Dylan Project and Little Johnny England.

Adding an international flavour are Ritchie-Parrish-Ritchie, born out of Tanglefoot, one of Canada's greatest folk bands. Finally, five-piece ColvinQuarmby will close the festival to send everyone away smiling and looking forward to next year's festival. Mike Carhart-Harris, Chair of the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival committee, said:

"We're thrilled to have such a high calibre of artists performing at Wimborne's new festival, promising three evenings of the finest live folk music to round off the family-friendly daytime events.

"Wimborne would not be Wimborne without the 'folkie' and we are delighted that these artists will be joining the many dancers and musicians who will perform around the town in June to get the new festival off to the best possible start."

Early bird weekend tickets for the Wimborne Minster Folk Festival 2013 are available now from

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