Image: Kathryn Tickell & Superfolkus
The third annual Allen Valleys Folk Festival takes place in the North Pennines town of Allendale from Friday 30th September until Sunday 2nd October.
Building on the success of previous events, organisers have pulled together a line-up which celebrates sterling up and coming talent alongside established names.
Traditional pipes and fiddle-driven act Awry kick things off on Friday 30th with a set of self-proclaimed ‘psychegaelic’ sounds, while headline act Stick In The Wheel present their deconstructed folk, which has as much in common with punk as traditional styles.
Saturday afternoon’s entertainment focuses on up and coming acts, with highlights including performances from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards semi-finalists Reely Ceol; rootsy siblings The Brothers Gillespie; local stalwart Alistair Anderson; Scottish/Italian quirky jazz from Roberto Cassani; plus there’s an appearance from the superb songwriting talent of Nick Harper. On Saturday evening, Scottish tradition fuses with musical passion in Eabhal’s set, while international music collective The Turbans offer up near-Eastern and Eastern-European styles.
Giving a helping hand to young musicians, Northumbrian folk musician Kathryn Tickell brings her Superfolkus project to the event on the Sunday. The Northumbrian pipes maestro’s band of multi-talented musicians perform a fresh take on traditional sounds using a multitude of instruments. The project also serves as a training and mentoring scheme for young people, providing an opportunity for 15-25 year olds to develop skills and increase confidence. The group offer a guaranteed rip-roaring, foot-tapping, sing-out-loud end to what looks set to be yet another world class and diverse line-up for Allen Valleys.