Following last year’s sold-out success the Big Session is back in Buxton, and this year it will run for two days and three nights from April 29 to May 1.
The folk festival features concerts by the hosts Oysterband, pictured above, with June Tabor and Sam Carter and Seth Lakeman supported by Derbyshire’s own Lucy Ward, Edward II, Will Pound and Eddy Jay, and the Emily Portman Trio.
There’ll also be a huge beer hall hosting a festival of more than 100 real ales and providing the setting for the Big Session Ceilidh with the Oysterband and guests, and music sessions led by Big Session concert artists throughout the weekend.
Fringe activities include a Saturday morning birding trip to the beautiful Goyt Valley to look for pied flycatchers, and the 11.49 train from Manchester Piccadilly to Buxton the same day will be a dedicated Folk Train with music all the way, arriving in time for the afternoon session.
On Sunday morning Oysterband’s John Jones will lead the festival ramble in the hills around the town. Musicians are welcome to join the open sessions and an instrument ‘cloakroom service’ will be provided.
For more information or to buy tickets call Buxton Opera House box office on 01298 72190 or visit http://www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk
You can follow the festival on Twitter @BigSessionFest or like the Big Session Festival page on facebook.