Stage is set for town's first-ever folk festival
FOLK comes to Stroud this weekend for the town's first ever folk festival, bringing together the country's best folk acts.
There's free music throughout Saturday in The Subscription Room's George Room from 11.25am and continuing into the evening, Jehanne Mehta and Earthwards, Benita Johnson and Blondes with Beards among the line-up.
Upstairs in the Subscription Rooms hall, the Folk Festival hosts musicians playing from noon and into the evening.
Among them is the festival's patron Johnny Coppin.
Besides releasing 18 solo albums during his illustrious career, his weekly radio show on BBC Gloucestershire, Folk Roots, has now been running for 17 years.
The festival also welcomes the founding members of folk juggernaut Bellowhead, Spiers and Boden who will be headlining on Saturday night. They are the recipients of countless awards, twice claiming the title for Best Duo at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
Former Stroud resident Martha Tilston will be playing the main hall too, accompanied by her band The Scientists.
Also playing will be winners of this year's BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar, as well as O'Hooley and Tidow, who were voted Best Act of Cambridge Folk Festival, and top trio The Young'uns, one of the most sought after acts in folk.
Look out for free afternoon entertainment on the Subscription Room's forecourt from Ragged and Old Morris, as well as Inclognito clog dancers.
Tickets for the afternoon and evening events at the Subscription Rooms are £25, or £15 for the evening performance by Spiers and Boden, with support from The Black Feathers.