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Walton Folk Festival 2019

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 the Riverhouse Barn on Saturday 4 May 2019 (Bank Holiday weekend). Headlining the one-day festival in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, 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, Edgelarks (Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin), Trials of Cato, Lukas Drinkwater and Hannah Ashcroft. More young and up-and-coming acts will perform in the courtyard at the Riverhouse Barn – a beautifully converted 18th century barn which is now a thriving arts centre.

Edgelarks
“Edgelarks may signify a new venture for Hannah Martin and Phillip Henry, but the quality of their songwriting and performing only continues to improve.” – Folk Radio
"Subtle, atmospheric... Bravely original" – The Guardian
"Keen, curious and concerned intellects are at work here. Hannah Martin is an enthralling singer; Phillip Henry plays all manner of guitars and the harmonica, terrifically." – Songlines

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)
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Venue
Riverhouse Barn
Manor Road
Walton-on-Thames
Surrey
KT12 2PF