Top acts lining up for Raunds Music Festival

Lucy Ward
Lucy Ward

No fewer than five National Music Award winners and two nominees are coming to Raunds as part of the 12th Raunds Music Festival over the first bank holiday weekend in May.

Tim Edey, who performs on the afternoon of Saturday, May 4, won the 2012 BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year award and The Albion Band, appearing that evening, won the 2013 Spiral Earth Best Debut-Album Award. The current line-up of The Albion Band, described by some as “the best since Rise Up Like The Sun “, includes 2013 Radio 2 Folk Horizon Award winner Blair Dunlop and Katriona Gilmore who was also nominated.

Lucy Ward, headlining the afternoon concert on Sunday, May 5, is a 22-year-old acoustic artist from Derby. Lucy’s debut album met with widespread critical acclaim both nationally and further afield in 2012 when she also won the Horizon Award.

The evening concert features two BBC Folk Award-nominated duos: Belshazzar’s Feast whose musicianship and wry humour has stunned audiences around the world and husband and wife duo Megson who have won the Spiral Earth Award twice.

“It’s fantastic that we have such a talented, award-winning line up at this year’s festival,” said festival organiser Bob Fisher.

“There are a lot of festivals held across the country and I am delighted that Raunds can compete with the best. We have worked hard to build a relationship with artists and performers which has enabled us to bring the very best in contemporary folk and roots music to Raunds. It’s also meant a surprisingly early run on tickets. We are ahead of this time last year and I would encourage people to book early.”

The festival also boasts a weekend of dance, song and tune sessions, activities and events.

Visit www.raundsfestival.com for more information and tickets.