Hull Folk and Maritime Festival is returning this July with another packed programme of entertainment including more than 80 free acts, traditional dancing, workshops and historic boats – four days of music, dance and history celebrating Hull’s rich and unique folk heritage, around the picturesque marina and historic Old Town.
The festival features an outdoor main stage, a floating maritime and shanty stage, a real ale Festival, historic vessels moored in the marina, folk dancing, traditional crafts and folk art, indoor concerts, sessions and singarounds, historic talks and exhibitions and more.
Thursday 20 July
Kicking things off is the UK’s leading Johnny Cash tribute band, Keep It Cash, who perform on the main GMB Comrades Stage outside the Minerva pub. Featuring leading Hull musicians Dave Gawthorpe and Andy Swift of the Hillbilly Troupe, and top Cash soundalike Dave Burnham, you can expect a note-perfect musical journey from the humble gospel beginnings of the Tennessee two, right through to the final and emotional American Recordings.
Multi-award-winning Chris Wood, one of the country’s most respected folk singer-songwriters, is set to play an intimate gig in the cosy and atmospheric room above the Furley & Co bar in Princes Dock Street. Chris first came to prominence in 1990 as one half of a guitar/accordion duo with Andy Cutting, before embarking on his solo career and going on to collaborate with the likes of Billy Bragg and Martin and Eliza Carthy. This is simply a fantastic chance to watch a folk superstar up close and personal – but don’t leave it too late to book, as only about 60 tickets have been released.
Friday 21 July
The main ticketed event on Friday evening sees Hull’s riotous whisky-soaked folk-punk supergroup Hillbilly Troupe support Rob Heron and The Tea Pad Orchestra on the GMB Comrades Main Stage. Heron’s band is one that simply won’t be pigeonholed. They tell us that they “don’t care what genre you choose to put them in – western swing, country blues, ragtime hokum or whatever else” – as long as you understand they’re “100% sincere and 100% immersed in this stuff”. There will be seating, but you are sure to be up on your feet from the off, so don’t forget your dancing shoes. The Minerva will, as usual, be supplying excellent food and drink – and this year’s folk festival, as previously, will also incorporate the historic pub’s real ale festival, so expect a cracking atmosphere down by the pier.
Saturday 22 July & Sunday 23 July
Free entertainment all day and night until the finish, across four different stages. Highlights are sure to include The Mighty Doonans and multiple BBC Folk Award nominees Stick In The Wheel, while Fitty Gomash and Tantz will have people up and dancing as respective Saturday and Sunday headliners.
There will also be singing and tunes sessions running in nearby venues, and across the weekend visitors will also be able to get on board some historic vessels which will be arriving in the Marina especially for the occasion. There will also be traditional folk dancers adding colour to the city’s streets, in both the new and old town areas, while you can get involved in things yourself by attending workshops on shanty singing, street photography, songwriting, Irish dancing, and even how to go about writing your own book!
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