L2F 2021 Line Up

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!

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. L2F 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.

Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman
saturday 16th october 2021
wade street church

Starting L2F – The Lichfield Festival of Folk, are Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman, who are one of the UK Folk scene’s most rewardingly enduring partnerships.

l2f quiz night
tuesday 19th october 2021
duke of york

Join us for our L2F Quiz Night in Lichfield’s oldest pub, the Duke of York. With a variety of questions to test your knowledge and a great atmosphere!

reel hot ceilidh peppers
friday 22nd october 2021
holy cross church hall

An evening of lively ceilidh music at Holy Cross Church. We defy you to leave a ceilidh by The Reel Hot Ceilidh Peppers without the broadest of smiles on your face.

l2f saturday evening
saturday 23rd october 2021
guildhall

A superb evening as part of L2F – Lichfield Festival of Folk, with the dynamic trio of Sherburn Bartley Sanders, followed by acclaimed husband and wife duo Megson.

Argentine Tango Workshop
saturday 23rd OCTOBER 2021
holy cross church hall

A chance to learn about the fascinating story behind the Argentine Tango from four times undefeated World champion Elaine Potter, and perhaps even have a go at it yourself!

Folk acoustic session
saturday 23rd OCTOBER 2021
kings head

Book your slot now! Listen or take part in this open mic session, either way you’re in for a great afternoon of music in the birthplace of the Staffordshire Regiment.

l2f sunday evening
sunday 24tH OCTOBER 2021
guildhall

Sunday evening at L2F – The Lichfield Festival of Folk, sees the return to Lichfield Arts of the popular Gerry Colvin Band, followed by the amazing Ranagri.

l2f – Saturday & sunday 2 day ticket
saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th october 2021

Sherburn Bartley Sanders followed by Megson on Saturday, plus the Gerry Colvin Band and then Ranagri on Sunday. Two days, four fabulous artists, one ticket.

Arts and Heritage Procession and Dancing

Saturday 23rd October. Procession starts at 11.00am, from Cathedral Close, and there will be dancing from 11.30am at sites throughout the city centre.

You can watch colourful and vibrant arts and heritage organisations from across the district process through the city centre. Then get your feet tapping to dance sides from across the region as they ‘strut their stuff’ at sites throughout the city.

Admission free

L2F Art Competition Exhibition

Saturday 23 – Tuesday 26 October

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Lichfield

Open from 10.30am

Admire the amazing talent on show at the L2F Art Competition Exhibition, and see the amazing work from the shortlisted entrants for this year’s art competition on the theme of ‘Early One Morning’.

Admission free

L2F Studio – Saturday 23rd October, Samuel Johnson Museum.

Enjoy a variety of presentations in the intimate and fascinating surroundings of the birthplace of Samuel Johnson. Admission to all three events free.

2.00pm – 3.00pm

The Sea Shanty Collectors: The Ladies, the Gentlemen and a Very Uncommon Seaman Where do sea shanties come from? In many ways shanties should have died out with the demise of commercial sailing ships in the early twentieth century. They were strictly work songs, not sung for pleasure or entertainment. However, they survive and they are sung and enjoyed all over the world. We are able to do this because, before they did disappear at sea, enterprising individuals ‘collected’ them from sailors who could recall the songs or had used them as shantymen.

Rob Stammers’ talk will cover the main shanty collectors, how they worked, how the collections were published and the way they have been interpreted by singers over time.

3.00pm – 4.00pm

More tales from Lancashire – still all true! Everyone remembered the day the Queen came – but for all the wrong reasons! Join Ann Simpson for her hilarious reminiscences.


4.00pm – 5.00pm

Sing Like a Daisybell – Harmony Workshop Three-part harmony singing as demonstrated by Daisybell, who are Charlie, Katherine and Anya. They introduce their take on creating harmonies, asking participants to join in (or just listen if they prefer), and follow this with a dissection of one of their songs (no blood will be spilled), and a grand finale where everyone will all make beautiful music together!

Admission to all three events free

Okay! You can come out now! I’ve counted to ten twice. Coming – “Ready or Not!”

Seems to me, we’re ready! L2F wouldn’t and couldn’t let you down – never has – never will! Lichfield is known for its pioneering spirit – Lichfield makes things happen.

Come out – come out – wherever you are? See The Heritage Procession, dancers from all corners of the UK, the biggest ever, starting at the Cathedral and all for free – fill the streets!

There’re five great bands at the Guildhall and Wade Street. Free sessions at the Samuel Johnson Museum and the King’s Head – (free – yes free!) There’s a folk train to Sutton, a folk picnic, shanty singers, a wonderful art exhibition, mummers’ play, storytellers, emerging artists, tango and harmony workshops.

Emerging from our lock-downs L2F is undaunted – we welcome you back. It’s time to have a good time. John Tams – Patron.

The L2F Folk Train

On Wednesday 29th September the L2F Folk Train made its way from Lichfield Trent Valley to The Three Tuns pub in Sutton Coldfield 
 where the performers and audience enjoy a great evening of live music and entertainment.
With a broad range of entertainment, with everything from Acappella Sea Shanties, some songs by the likes of Ralph McTell, John Martyn, Leonard Cohen and John Lennon, as well as some original pieces performed at the Three Tuns pub, this was a memorable night for everyone. A highly unusual combination of instruments featured, with even a Musical saw adding its dulcet tones to proceedings, summoning a spooky atmosphere, suitable for one of Sutton Coldfield’s most haunted pubs. If you missed this event, L2F has plenty more to offer music fans, and we hope to see you at one of the events.

We were privilaged to be joined by members of the Urban Birmingham Sketchers, who have kindly shared their work with us below.

The Folk Train at the Three Tuns Pub in, depicted by Chris Hammond – Birmingham Urban Sketchers.

The Folk Train performers captured by Tim Griffiths – Birmingham Urban Sketchers.

The Folk Train performances in detail, drawn by Chris Hammond – Birmingham Urban Sketchers.