Saturday All Day


Saturday All Day

Lichfield Guildhall, Saturday 15th October 2022.

3.00pm: The Undoing of Polly Button: a Folk Opera

From 7.00pm: Donnelly and South, The Lost Notes, The Salts.

Saturday All Day Ticket

From 3.00pm:

The Undoing of Polly Button: a Folk Opera

Following a number of successful performances after its debut at the Abbey Theatre in Nuneaton in February, director David Barton brings the performance to the Lichfield Festival of Folk on the afternoon of Saturday 15th October.

The Undoing of Polly Button is based on the tragic but true events of a horrific murder in the town of Nuneaton almost 200 years ago. Polly Button was the nickname of ribbon weaver Mary Green, who was murdered in 1832 while heavily pregnant with an illegitimate child. John Danks, her married lover, was found guilty of the crime, but mystery surrounds the events of her death – was the right man convicted?

The story has been worked into a poignant musical retelling through more than a dozen wonderful songs by Katherine Fear. Hear and see a battle for women’s rights, a dark – perhaps unsolvable – mystery and a lesson of resilience and courage in the face of adversity. Watch and listen as the ghost of Polly teaches a young writer to ‘weave another world’.

From 7.00pm:

Donnelly and South

Keith Donnelly and Lauren South teamed up in spring of this year and have been taking the folk scene by storm ever since. Keith Donnelly describes himself as – among other things – a Geordie cultural attaché, a wit and halfwit, and a stand-up comic. But it is his superb songwriting and guitar-playing that come to the fore as he teams up with one of the scene’s most exciting new voices, Lauren South.

Lauren’s stunning vocals, violin, guitar and Shruti box playing blend effortlessly with Keith’s onstage humour to provide a set that is entertaining and engaging in equal measure.

Keith will also act as compere for the Sunday evening concert at the Guildhall.

The Lost Notes

The Birmingham-based five-piece band make a welcome return to Lichfield Festival of Folk 2022. The quintet of Ben, Oli, Lucy, Silas and Max bring their foot-stomping, rootsy three-part harmonies and driving rhythms back to Lichfield. Their infectious and lively performances have wowed festival audiences and we can expect a fearless and energetic set from them on Saturday evening.

The Salts

The Salts are a co-operative of seasoned musicians and purveyors of twenty-first century folk songs of a nautical nature, delivered with swashbuckling energy and firecracker enthusiasm.

Live shows from The Salts are an exciting addition to the folk scene, and their sea shanties with attitude are guaranteed to get you dancing and singing along. Twenty-first century folk fires a respectful broadside at the traditional to provide a riveting performance to close Saturday evening at L2F.