Moseley Folk Festival 2010

Alasdair Roberts

The Moseley Folk Festival is less than a month away, taking place in the picturesque setting of Moseley Park. It runs the gamut of the acoustic spectrum from ’60s folk royalty Donovan to the new weird(-ish) Americana of The Low Anthem and the Radio 2-friendly folk-pop of Fyfe Dangerfield and Johnny Flynn.

The highlight for me is definitely Alasdair Roberts, who has been quietly putting a contemporary twist on traditional celtic folk ballads for over a decade, as well as recording original music that is equally as timeless. I would also recommend checking out Beth Jeans Houghton’s galloping, gorgeous country songs and Irish troubador Oh Ruin, who recently signed to Birmingham’s own Static Caravan records.

Finally, one of Brum’s finest folk night, Bohemian Jukebox, may be just an absinthe-fogged memory after Ben Calvert closed its inviting doors a few months ago, but it’s coming out fighting once again with its regular stage at the festival. Featuring the entire roster from our good friends Commercially Inviable, be sure to head over there to hear some beautiful local folk including James Summerfield, Simon Fox, Friends of the Stars and of course Mr. Calvert himself.

The weekend also features the usual family-friendly gubbins and some fine ale courtesy of Purity Brewing Co. from Warwickshire.

Video: Alasdair Roberts – ‘Farewell Sorrow‘ (Live for The Guardian)

Moseley Park, Alcester Road, Moseley. 3 – 5 September.

Update 23/08/10: Thanks to the Moseley folks for getting in touch to let me know about the 90 minute songwriting workshop Alasdair Roberts will be delivering at 11am on Saturday 4 September, upstairs at the Bull’s Head, Moseley. It’s free to festival goers. 

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