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ENGLISH ORIGINALS FOLK FESTIVAL 2009 LINE UP ANNOUNCED

Issued: 11 March 2009

– AN EVENINGWITHRACHELUNTHANK & THEWINTERSETANDSPECIALGUESTS
WAY TO BLUE: THESONGS OF NICKDRAKE, PRODUCED BY JOEBOYD FT. MARTHAWAINWRIGHT, GRAHAMCOXON, BETHORTON, ROBYNHITCHCOCK
– AN EVENINGWITHSETHLAKEMANANDFRIENDS
FREEEVENTS, FILMANDPERFORMANCE
MOREARTISTS TO BE ANNOUNCED at www.thsh.co.uk/englishoriginals2009
TOWNHALL & SYMPHONYHALLBIRMINGHAM
FRIDAY 15 MAYSUNDAY 17 MAY 2008

Event Info

Following the success of English Originals 2008, Town Hall and Symphony Hall is delighted to host the second instalment of this celebration of folk artists and music that are uniquely English in character, all with a strong sense of place, identity, time and tradition.

In a weekend of moving live performances, West-Country troubadour Seth Lakeman is welcomed back for an evening with friends at Symphony Hall, while Town Hall presents a unique tribute to West Midlands legend Nick Drake featuring Graham Coxon, Beth Orton, Robyn Hitchcock, curated by his legendary producer Joe Boyd, as well as an evening with the much-feted Northumbrian band Rachel Unthank & the Winterset.

The weekend will also see free performances by Birmingham singer-songwriter Vijay Kishore, eclectic DJ duo Mama Matrix, a screening of the film A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake plus Drake?s producer Joe Boyd in conversation with guests.

Friday 15 May, 7.30pm
Town Hall Birmingham
Rachel Unthank & The Winterset and special guests
£15

Dancing down the leftfield and singing in their own lilting Geordie accents, Rachel Unthank & The Winterset are the inheritors, curators and gleeful distorters of Tyneside’s traditions. Recently nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and with acres of critical acclaim, The Unthank sisters take time out of the studio to perform a special Town Hall concert. Check the website for guests to be announced.

?A sensationally graceful sound that can be epic and subdued, dreamy and specific, as well as supernaturally ancient and defiantly modern.. easily more contemporary and stylish than boys in skinny trousers holding electric guitars like it?s 1969.? Paul Morley

Saturday 16 May, 7.30pm
Town Hall Birmingham
Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake featuring: Martha Wainwright, Beth Orton, Graham Coxon, and Robyn Hitchcock further guests tbc
Produced by Joe Boyd, Arrangements by Robert Kirby
£22.50

Undoubtedly one of the most influential English singer-songwriters of the last 50 years, Drake found little mainstream success during his lifetime. However, since his untimely death at the age of 26, his fragile acoustic, autumnal music has touched the hearts of millions of people. This very special evening, curated by his producer Joe Boyd with arranger Robert Kirby, brings together an array of special guest artist to celebrate a unique talent.

Sunday 17 May, 7.30pm
Symphony Hall
An Evening with Seth Lakeman & Friends
£18.50

The press often call Seth Lakeman the ?man who made folk fashionable?. It obviously helps that he is lavishly talented and ruggedly handsome, but the real secret lies in his music; which whilst firmly rooted in the traditions of his West Country folk is also steadfastly contemporary and adventurous. Tonight he performs music from his last album and brings together a variety of musical friends for a shindig to remember.

FREESTAGEEVENTS:

Friday 15 May, 5.30 – 7pm
SH level 3 foyer
Folk4Free: Mama Matrix
Part of Rush Hour Blues. Admission free.

Saturday 16 May 4.30pm
SH (ICC Hall 5)
A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake
Tickets £3.50 or free to ticket holders for Rachel Unthank, Way to Blue, Seth Lakeman & Friends

The title of this moving and beautifully photographed film – more of a poem than a documentary – comes from a quote from Drake?s sister Gabrielle, who said ?I always say that Nick was born with a skin too few.? The film approaches the landscapes, locations, people and music in the life of one of rock?s most tragically romantic figures.

Directed by Jeroen Berkvens. Running time 48 mins

Sunday 17 May, 4.30pm
SH (ICC Hall 5)
Joe Boyd and guests in conversation
Tickets £3.50 or free to ticket holders for Rachel Unthank, Way to Blue, Seth Lakeman & Friends

Legendary producer Joe Boyd, discusses and reads from White Bicycles, his funny and fascinating memoir of the legendary musicians he launched, managed or supported including Nick Drake, Muddy Waters, Fleetwood Mac, the Incredible String Band and Pink Floyd.

Sunday 17 May, 5.30 – 7pm
SH foyer
Folk4Free: Vijay Kashore tbc
Admission free
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Notes to editors:

English Originals Folk Festival 2009
Town Hall and Symphony Hall Birmingham
Friday 15 May – Sunday 17 May 2009

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a registered charity. Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of over 600 concerts and events a year, designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds. Over 500,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and a thriving education/community department reaches a further 20,000 people of all ages.

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).