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Feast Of Folk
A feast of folk is on the menu during a series of concerts planned for Birmingham Town Hall and Symphony Hall from May 15-17.
Venue spokesman Lyle Bignon said: “Following the success of English Originals 2008, Town Hall and Symphony Hall is delighted to host the second instalment of this celebration of folk artists and music that are uniquely English in character, all with a strong sense of place, identity, time and tradition.
“In a weekend of moving live performances, West-Country troubadour Seth Lakeman is welcomed back for an evening with friends at Symphony Hall, while Town Hall presents a unique tribute to West Midlands legend Nick Drake featuring Graham Coxon, Beth Orton, Robyn Hitchcock, curated by his legendary producer Joe Boyd, as well as an evening with the much-feted Northumbrian band Rachel Unthank & the Winterset.”
Drake, from Tanworth-in-Arden, took his own life in 1974 after releasing three albums which did not enjoy commercial success.
However, in the years that followed, his music began to receive more and more acclaim and he was hailed has a major influence in a generation of British singer songwriters.
Many fans still make the pilgrimage to his grave in Tanworth-in-Arden on the anniversary of his death.
The weekend will also see free performances by Birmingham singer-songwriter Vijay Kishore, eclectic DJ duo Mama Matrix, a screening of the film ‘A Skin Too Few: The Days of Nick Drake’ plus Drake’s producer Joe Boyd in conversation with guests.
During the English Originals Folk Festival 2009, producer Joe Boyd will also host a conversation evening where he will recall tales of his involvement with Drake, Fleetwood Mac, Muddy Waters and Pink Floyd.
The running order features the following gigs:
Friday 15 May, 7.30pm. Town Hall, Rachel Unthank & The Winterset and special guests, £15
Saturday 16 May, 7.30pm. Town Hall, Way to Blue: The Songs of Nick Drake featuring: Martha Wainwright, Beth Orton, Graham Coxon, and Robyn Hitchcock. Produced by Joe Boyd and arrangements by Robert Kirby, £22.50
Sunday 17 May, 7.30pm. Symphony Hall, An Evening with Seth Lakeman & Friends, £18.50