Tickled Pink heads up Folk In The Park

Ock N' Dough playing at Folk in the Park at Abington Park, Northampton,
Ock N' Dough playing at Folk in the Park at Abington Park, Northampton,

Folk In The Park returns this weekend with a host of acts due to play at Abington Park in Northampton.

The event, organised by The Great kNight Folk Club, kicks off at 1pm on Sunday and runs until 7pm.

It will be headlined by Tickled Pink and include sets by The Linda Watkins Band, All Strung Out, Dave Jolly And Friends, Kevin O’Regan Band, Ock N’ Dough, Kismet Hardy, Scarecrow, Gu4, Michéle Welborn and Ragged Staff.

Tickled Pink formed in 1989 originally as a ceilidh band as an antidote to the country dance bands of the time.

They combine traditional English music with different styles including reggae, blues and rap.

Welsh born Linda Watkins is well known for her original song writing which is expertly delivered on a selection of unusual instruments.

She will be playing tracks from her latest album Behind The Clock.

Simon and Andrew Loake and Bob Plews have been performing together at clubs, festivals and dances for 30 years as a trio and with other combinations of musicians.

As All Strung Out, they will be playing traditional and contemporary tunes from Britain and Ireland.

The Kevin O’Regan Band currently features Kevin Ward on fretless bass, Malcolm Wood on bodhran and Olivia Clarke on violin, vocals, flute and sax.

Ock ‘n’ Dough have been together for 26 years, becoming well known in the East Midlands playing a mixture of English, Latvian and American roots music.Kismet Hardy sings songs of love and loss, hearts of darkness and searching for light.

Formed in late 2010, the four piece contemporary folk band from Northamptonshire play an exciting mix of original modern folk songs and radical reinventions.

Oxfordshire based Scarecrow have their roots firmly in traditional music, instrumental dance tunes and folk songs as well as jazz and blues, while armed only with a set of pitch pipes, GU4 perform a wide variety of material ranging from gentle and sensitive love songs to raucous chorus numbers. wRaggid Staff play Anglo-Celtic mix of traditional and contemporary folk music with a focus on intricate arrangements and they use a broad range of instruments.

Michèle Welborn’s musical life began in the folk clubs of Huddersfield and the surrounding towns.She will be playing with Paul Martin.

Visit www.greatknightfolkclub.co.uk.