Normafest, a weekend in celebration of all things to do with folk music legend and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winner Norma Waterson MBE will be taking place in early January for the third year running. With guest performers including American folk veteran (and old friend of Norma’s) Peggy Seeger, young folk bands Stick In The Wheel and The Furrow Collective, from Ireland the much-lauded Lynched plus a rare performance by The Waterson Family, the two days will finish off with a performance by The Gift Big Band which will include Norma, Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Neill MacColl & special guest Richard Hawley. Richard has long been an admirer of Norma’s having first met her whilst researching a BBC documentary and whose friendship partly inspired Richard to write the single Heart Of Oak on his 2015 top ten album Hollow Meadows.
Additional features this year will include interviews, informal sessions in the theatre bar, DJ Dolphin Boy in the café and a local food produce market with cookery demos led by chef/comedian/broadcaster Hardeep Singh Kohli. Tickets are on sale now for either day passes or the whole weekend via this link.
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