Quality performers in Derby Folk Festival line-up

No fewer than three artists set to perform at the tenth Derby Folk Festival won awards at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards earlier this year.

It is a great indication of the quality of performers lined up for this year’s festival which takes place from Friday September 30 to October 2.

The Young’uns who will be playing on the Saturday evening of the festival took Best Group for the second year in a row.

The Young’uns have fast become one of the foremost groups on the UK folk scene. Beguiling audiences around the world, they seamlessly switch from beautiful ballads to brilliant banter, from profoundly poignant songs to infectiously irreverent humour.

Sam Kelly was pleased to take the Horizon Award which celebrates artists who push the boundaries.

His widely-anticipated debut full-length album, The Lost Boys released last November takes the listener to all corners of the British Isles, across the Atlantic, and back again. Festival goers can see Sam play on the Friday night.

Musician of the Year was won by friend of the festival and Derby resident Andy Cutting, who often plays with the winner of the Good Tradition Award, John McCusker. John’s band will performing on the Sunday night in the City Marquee.

In addition to the award winners, local young musician Benammi Swift was nominated for the BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award. He was shortlisted into the final four from an original group of ten, but narrowly missed out on the top spot. Benammi can be seen at two venues over the weekend.

The festival will also include a host of free fringe events, dance acts, sessions, as well as an arts and craft fair. These free events will be taking place in Derby City Centre.

Festival tickets are available from derbylive.co.uk or you can book in person at the Derby LIVE Box Office, or call 01332 255800.

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