Fairport Convention headlining Folk Festival

Fairport Convention will be headlining the tenth Derby Folk Festival on September 30.

The band has been making great music for nearly 50 years.

Credited with originating British folk-rock music, the band has been through many changes but the current members retain a passion for live performance.

They are Simon Nicol on guitar and vocals, Dave Pegg on bass guitar, Chris Leslie on fiddle, mandolin and vocals, Ric Sanders on violin and Gerry Conway on drums and percussion.

Events for this year’s festival which is expected to be a sell out will take place in the City Marquee on the Market Place, in the Guildhall Theatre, The Old Bell Hotel and Derby Cathedral throughout the weekend.

As well as ticketed concerts and events, there will be dance displays in the streets, and free music performances on Saturday and Sunday.

There is an impressive line-up of musicians booked including The Demon Barbers, John McCusker, Heidi Talbot, The Young’uns, 9Bach, Ange Hardy and Lukas Drinkwater, Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker, Belshazzar’s Feast, Alma, Andy Irving, Dipper Malkin, Kirsty Malkin, Mawkin and Ninebarrow.

Derbyshire’s Adverse Camber Productions are also presenting a storytelling drama with music – The Shahnameh: The Epic Book of Kings at the Guildhall Theatre on September 30.

The Shahnameh was written by the Iranian poet, Ferdowsi over 1,000 years ago.

Here, a hand-picked selection of stories are brought to life by dazzling performance storyteller Xanthe Gresham Knight accompanied by the sublime, rhythmic sounds of virtuoso Kurdish Iranian musician, Arash Moradi, on daf, setar and shurangiz.

There will also be an arts and crafts fair in the market place all weekend.

The festival runs from September 30-October 2 and you can get full details of all the artists derbyfolkfestival.co.uk and book tickets online at http://www.derbylive.co.uk