L2F The Lichfield Festival of Folk

L2F, The Lichfield Festival of Folk, is now established as one of the highlights on the folk music calendar. Lichfield Arts are proud to offer this autumnal feast of the very best in folk, acoustic and dance. 

After the 2020 was cancelled due to Covid, we can’t wait to welcome you to the 2021 Lichfield Festival of Folk! Kicking off with Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, who will be starting a week of events at L2F on 16th October at Wade Street Church, the main festival the following weekend. 

L2F Outreach Projects

Be involved! With our L2F Arts Competition and the return of the Song Writing Competition, there is plenty of ways to let your creativity flow! Both competition have proven very successful in previous years, and we are excited to welcome the return of both in 2021.

The L2F Art Competition is Back!

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L2F Song Writing Competition.

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L2F 2021 line up

We are excited to announce the line up for the rest of L2F with tickets for the following on sale very soon!

L2F The Lichfield Festival of Folk brings the community together to celebrate live performance across the Folk genre. With dance, workshops, fringe events and a diverse group of professional artists from across the UK, L2F is a fabulous treat for all fans of folk.

As well as ticketed events and concerts, L2F offers free community elements to the festival which are enjoyed by thousands, such as the city centre based dancing and arts and heritage procession. As well as our concerts we have a number of other events with timings to be confirmed soon: the L2F Quiz, the L2F Ceilidh featuring the Reel Hot Ceildh Peppers, the fabulous procession and dancing in the city, the L2F Folk Club and a Tango Workshop!

Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman

Wade Street Church Lichfield – Saturday 16th October 2021 8.00pm

As part of L2F – The Lichfield Festival of Folk, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman celebrate and acknowledge 25 years of performing together, the duo will revisit and reinterpret songs that span their career. A great opening to L2F!

Tickets are onsale for this concert now!

Sherburn Bartley Sanders
Saturday 23rd October 2021
Lichfield Guildhall

Following a chance meeting at Whitby Folk Festival in 1993, Chris Sherburn (concertina) and Denny Bartley (vocals and guitar) have been bringing their unique sound to audiences across Europe and America, creating one of folk music’s most enduring partnerships. Their obvious rapport made them one of the busiest acts on the folk scene, both as a duo and with their well-loved trio/quartet Last Night’s Fun. Their soul-stirring songs, exhilarating tunes and quick-witted banter ensures that no two concerts are ever the same.

In 2016 Chris and Denny joined forces with Emily Sanders (fiddle/viola and vocals) and have since become a well-established trio, for the first time blending vocal harmonies and strings to underpin Chris and Denny’s unique sound, as well as providing a female lead vocal for some songs, and bringing a repertoire of English folk songs to complement the band’s more Celtic and traditional roots.

Emily was a founder member of the acclaimed trio Isambarde. She has also toured with Merrymouth (Simon Fowler of Ocean Colour Scene’s acoustic band) and regularly appears with Pete Morton and Chris Parkinson.

Saturday 23rd October 2021
Lichfield Guildhall

Three times nominated in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and double winners of the Spiral Earth Awards Megson draw heavily on their Teesside heritage to create a truly unique brand of folk music.

The husband & wife duo bring an infectious mix of heavenly vocals, lush harmonies and driving rhythmic guitars. Comprising Debs Hanna (Vocals, Whistle, Piano Accordion) and  Stu Hanna (Guitar, Mandola, Banjo) Megson have gained fame on the British folk scene, not only for their arresting & intelligent songwriting, but for their exquisite musicianship and northern humour. As  fRoots Magazine puts it ‘if you don’t like the music here then you have a problem’ .

Summer 2016 saw the release of their much anticipated new studio album GOOD TIMES WILL COME AGAIN gaining them much critical acclaim. “One of the most original political folk sets of the year. Ewan MacColl would have been impressed.” said The Guardian. “Relevant, thought-provoking songs that would make Woody Guthrie proud” said Acoustic Magazine. While folk broadcasting legend Mike Harding described it as “One of the top albums of 2016.”

Gerry Colvin Band
Sunday 24th October 2021
Lichfield Guildhall

Gerry Colvin was born in Barrow-in-Furness. In the 1970’s Gerry joined pop band ‘The Man Upstairs’. They released three singles and toured with ‘The Smiths’.

In the early 1980’s he co-founded and fronted the legendary John Peel favourite skiffle-cowpunk indie outfit ‘Terry & Gerry’. This seminal band toured Europe and the USA and appeared on countless Radio and TV shows including “The Tube” and “The Old Grey Whistle Test”. Their five singles and album all reached No.1 in the indie charts. In 2010 Cherry Red released ‘Let’s Get the Hell Back to Lubbock’, the definitive ‘Terry and Gerry’ compilation.

In the early 1990’s Gerry worked in Nashville as a professional songwriter and back in the UK collaborated with Alison Moyet, co-writing on an album project. He also penned TV themes, musicals, film scores and wrote and presented for BBC Radio 2. His band ‘Gerry Colvin’s Inexperience’, a fusion of Soul, R and B and Folk-Country, became a firm favourite on the College circuit.

Colvin’s other major project was film music as vocalist with ‘The National Screen Orchestra’; he also performed as a comedy double act with Hollywood superstar Mackenzie Crook.

Sunday 24th October 2021
Lichfield Guildhall

Alt folk band Ranagri are 4 Irish and English musicians; combining Voices, Guitar, Bouzouki, Flutes, Whistles, Harp/Electric Harp, Bodhrán/Drums. 

Since forming, Ranagri have recorded three studio albums at Grammy Award Winning Record Label Stockfisch Records, with their latest record ‘Playing For Luck’ released in 2019.

Acclaimed previous albums are ‘Fort of the Hare’. ‘The Great Irish Songbook’ with pop legend Tony Christie, ‘VOICES’ – recorded at Real World Studios and produced by Grammy-nominated producer Graeme Pleeth, and ‘Tradition’, which were both released on Goatskin Records.

Festival performances include Cambridge, Gate to Southwell, Wath, Lyme Folk Weekend, Trinity, Bloom (Dublin) and Purbeck.

No strangers to large venues, Ranagri have performed at Birmingham Symphony Hall, Fairfield Halls, The Union Chapel, Buxton Opera House and Camac Harp Festival in France to name a few.

Combining their love for world music, they have collaborated with top Indian musician Kuljit Bhamra OBE, and members of Britten Sinfonia at The Bhavan Centre, London.

Tickets coming soon!