Award-winners line up for music fest

Chris Wood at Stainsby Festival
Chris Wood at Stainsby Festival

Award-winning top performers will be beating a path to north Derbyshire’s longest-running music festival.

Chris Wood, who won folk singer of the year at the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and Vin Garbutt, who won best live act at the same awards ceremony, are among the performers at this month’s Stainsby Festival.

The 43rd festival, which will transform a greenfield site near Heath into a tented village for a weekend, also showcases the county’s young stars, such as singer/songwriter David Gibb, who was nominated for this year’s Radio 2 Young Folk Artist Awards, and Lucy Ward, a finalist for the BBC Young Folk Award, who has supported Seth Lakeman, Dave Swarbrick and Jim Moray.

Festival favourites Loscoe State Opera will be returning to Stainsby and their dynamic frontman and festival compere, Ben Daglish, will be playing alongside long-time Wirksworth resident Brian Boothby of Tomorrow’s Ancestor and bass player Dave Sturt, fresh from his international tour with Gong.

Ex-circus clown and sometime fire-eater Rory McLeod, who describes himself as a modern travelling troubadour will be lighting up the stage, performing with tap shoes, guitar, spoons, trombones, cymbals, djembe and assorted percussion.

Well-versed Liv Torc returns to the Stainsby stage by popular demand, following her storming debut last year, and will be amusing spectators with her poetic musings on life.

The festival – which includes an artist in residence, children’s activities, stalls and camping – runs from July 22-24.

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