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Walton Folk Festival 2019

UPDATE: Confirmed timings
12.15 - 13.15 Megson
14.00 - 15.00 Lukas Drinkwater
15.45 - 16.45 Hannah Ashcroft
17.30 - 18.30 Trials of Cato

19.30 - 20.30 Daria Kulesh
21.00 - 22.30 False Lights 

Following the sell-out success of the first ever Walton Folk Festival, another amazing lineup of top folk and acoustic acts are set to light up Riverhouse for the Bank Holiday weekend.  Headlining the one-day festival are False Lights – folk giants Jim Moray and Sam Carter’s band who produce ‘folk rock for the 21st century’.
The festival also features Daria Kulesh, Megson, Trials of Cato, Lukas Drinkwater (especially playing an indvidual set for us) and Hannah Ashcroft. More young and up-and-coming acts will perform in the courtyard at Riverhouse. 

Named after a dead dog, Megson are of one UK folk"s hottest properties. Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards, husband and wife duo Stu Hanna and Debbie Hanna draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.

“Megson shows are, like their albums, exciting, amusing and heartbreaking at each turn.” - Peter Shaw – Folk Radio
"The most original duo on the British folk scene." - Robin Denslow – The Guardian
"A force in the folk revival" - Neil Spencer – The Observer

Hannah Ashcroft
Influenced by the likes of John Martyn, Feist and Radiohead she has developed a distinctive sound, combining intricate fingerpicking with haunting melodies to explore themes of humanity, mythology and superstition. She released her debut EP ‘The Quiet Kind’ last year, receiving play on BBC Introducing and BBC6 Music and earning praise from Folk Radio UK.

Lukas Drinkwater
A Riverhouse Barn favourite, whose collaboration credits read like a who’s who of contemporary British folk – making a rare solo appearance. Lukas is well known as one half of Jacob and Drinkwater, and is currently touring with Saskia Griffiths-Moore, Emily Barker and The People's String Foundation.

Trials of Cato
An up-and-coming three-piece band performing original and traditional material. Originally from North Wales and Yorkshire, they shaped their sound in Lebanon. They moved back to the UK and spent a tireless year performing up and down the country, leading to BBC Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe hailing them as “one of the real discoveries on the folk circuit in recent times.”

Daria Kulesh
London-based folk singer-songwriter with Russian and Ingush roots, her roots are reflected in her music, intertwined with multicultural influences she has experienced on her turbulent and exciting journey through life.

"One of the most beautiful songs I’ve heard in many a year" – Mike Harding
"A definite contender for the best album of 2017" – Pete Bradley, Fatea Magazine

False Lights
The mighty False Lights close the festival, offering a fresh take to traditional folk merging the sounds of 90s guitar bands, electronica, post rock, traditional ballads and shapenote singing.

“A game changer for all involved, and perhaps even the scene in general” – fRoots
“Folk rock brilliance” – Songlines
“In the world of folk and roots music, collaborations don’t get much bigger and better than this.” – Folk Radio

Saturday 4 May from 12 noon until 10.30pm
£15 daytime (12-6.30pm), £18 evening (7.30pm-10.30pm), £30 full day (12pm to 10.30pm)
(NB. When booking, £30 All Day passes can be found on the daytime booking page)
Riverhouse Barn
Manor Road
KT12 2PF