Derby LIVE is pleased to announce that Oysterband will be joining this year’s Derby Folk Festival as the headline evening act for Friday 6 October

Derby Folk Festival is jointly produced by Derby City Council’s Derby LIVE and Derbyshire-based PR Promotions.

Oysterband’s appearance at this year’s festival will be part of their 40th Celebration Special, with the band performing classic songs from every era of their long and mighty career.

Oysterband are the multi-award-winning outfit that brought passion, power and poetry to folk and roots music. Entering into their 40th year as vital and creative as ever, the band can claim some of the finest songs in the modern folk canon to their name, including Put Out The Lights, When I’m Up (I Can’t Get Down), Blood Wedding, Everywhere I Go, The Oxford Girl, Granite Years and Native Son. These and many other songs from their vast back catalogue will be featured on the night.

The original spirit of the punk ceilidh band Oysterband was formed in still lives on through their performances. Though 40 years on the growing depth and sensitivity of their songwriting, coupled with the strength of John Jones’ voice and their remarkable musicianship, have lifted their music into a richer, more acoustic era.

The band have produced two award-winning albums with June Tabor, Freedom & Rain and Ragged Kingdom, with the latter and their hugely influential album Holy Bandits being voted nos. 4 and 5 among the Ten Best Albums of the last 30 years by the public in a poll by fRoots Magazine in 2016.

As they undertake a year of touring and festivals from summer 2017 into 2018 to celebrate four decades of a unique and fiercely independent career, Derby Folk Festival are proud to welcome Oysterband to its line-up.

This year’s line-up is already a who’s who from the broad spectrum of folk music, with many exciting artists confirmed for a variety of venues in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter.

A fantastic set of venues throughout the Cathedral Quarter will continue to provide the perfect backdrop for the festival, including the enlightenment era Derby Cathedral, the rustic Old Bell Hotel, the City Marquee on the Market Place and the Guildhall Theatre. The festival will also include a host of free fringe events, dance acts, workshops and sessions, as well as an Arts and Craft Fair. These free events will be taking place in Derby City Centre, spreading the festival’s intoxicating atmosphere throughout the city and making sure the festival is available to everyone.

Oysterband will perform in the City Marquee, on the Market Place at 9.30pm on Fri 6 Oct as part of a concert starting at 7pm, also featuring The Hut People and Martin Simpson. Weekend tickets are available at an early bird price of £80 until 31 July, and Friday Evening Tickets are priced at £24 for adults. Concessions are available. Festival tickets can be purchased through the Derby LIVE Box Office on 01332 255800 or online at derbylive.co.uk they can also be purchased at the Sales and Information Centre, on the Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AH.

Find out more at derbyfolkfestival.co.uk and keep up to date with the latest festival announcements on twitter and facebook.

Festival attenders can find out all of the latest accommodation information at visitderby.co.uk where a range of hotels are available for all budgets and group sizes.

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