Buxton staging folk festival

June-Tabor-OysterbandBuxton Folk in May is a new event, which does exactly what it says on the tin – showcase music from some of the best folk artists in the country.

The celebration of folk will start on May 1 with a gig from the young Finnish fiddle septet, Frigg.

The group gained acclaim after dazzling at Celtic Connections and Cambridge Folk Festival with their hip-twitching ‘Nordgrass’ –  a mixture of Nordic folk and American bluegrass.

The bank holiday weekend will then be dominated by the Big Session In Buxton which involves music not just in the evening but also ‘out-of-hours’ – during the afternoon and late at night.

The concept is the brainchild of Oysterband, based on the Big Session Festivals they stage at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall.

Melodeon wizard Simon Care kicks off the Big Session on Saturday afternoon at 4pm in The Old Clubhouse, Buxton.

The main act will be Oysterband plus folk legend June Tabor (pictured above) and Blair Dunlop in concert at the Opera House at 7.30pm. To round off bank holiday Saturday, local musicians will perform in The Old Clubhouse, from 11pm

Big Session in Buxton continues on Sunday May 3, at 11am, with a guided walk around the beautiful spa town, led by renowned rambler and Oysterband frontman John Jones.

Afterwards walkers can join John and his fellow band members at 12.30pm, for an afternoon of live music in The Old Clubhouse.

On Saturday, May 9, Altan will be sure to get audiences up on their feet with their Irish reels and jigs, performed together with sensitive and touching old Irish songs, while the Celtic Fiddle Festival on Sunday May 10 will see a performance by three of the finest folk violinists in the country.

Merrymouth led by Ocean Colour Scene songwriter Simon Fowler, will also entertain with a joyful mix of piano, cello, trombone, clarinet, muted trumpet and double bass on May 22.

Tickets for Big Session in Buxton events are free to ticket holders of Saturday night’s Oysterband concert.

For more details on all Buxton Folk events go to http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk