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New folk festival to come to Gloucester this spring

Posted on 07th February 2013

A new festival will be heading to Gloucestershire in 2014, much to the delight of folk music fans in the UK. The Friars Folk & Roots Festival will be making sure that plenty of people will be enjoying their Forest of Dean cottage holidays next year.

Martyn Joseph

Billed as showcasing the very best that folk and roots music has to offer, The Friars Folk & Roots Festival is expected to make a grand appearance on the acoustic music scene. Due to the excitement that has been generated through the announcement of this new festival, a taster festival has been arranged for April 2013, and those enjoying a holiday in the area this spring are sure to find plenty of opportunities to listen to great folk music.

The inspiration for The Friars Folk & Roots Festival came from the success of a one-off folk concert which was held at the Blackfriars Priory last year, and a number of organisations have shown a great deal of support for the new festival, including Gloucester City Council and BWM Promo. Demand for a folk music event in Gloucester is high, and the taster festival represents an opportunity to sample the high quality of music that The Friars Folk & Roots Festival is sure to bring in 2014.

The taster is being held on 18 April this year and will see some of the top folk and roots musicians pack Blackfriars Priory with avid music fans, young and old alike. Topping the bill this year is renowned folk artist Martyn Joseph, a favourite of Cheltenham’s Greenbelt Festival. He will be joined by the talented Luke Jackson, who was a nominee at the recent BBC 2 folk awards.

Tickets for the taster concert are available from Gloucester Guildhall and can be booked on 01452 503050.

Just one example of the many events that can be enjoyed whilst staying in holiday cottages in the Forest of Dean, there will be plenty of folk music to enjoy in Gloucester from this year on.

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