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Folk Festival on the Dock

Albert DockBBC Radio 2 DJ, Janice Long, has been announced as the host of the main stage at next month’s Folk Festival on the Dock (August 26-29). The Liverpool-born DJ, who is a patron to Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, was the first female presenter of Top of the Pops and is renowned for promoting new talent, giving the likes of Amy Winehouse, The Smiths, Primal Scream, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Adele their first big break.

Also announced to perform at Albert Dock’s new folk festival are contemporary folk acts The Lost Brothers (August 27) and Laura J Martin, who makes her Liverpool homecoming (presented by Bido Lito! on August 28) - and award-winning British singer/songwriter, Blair Dunlop. They join aline-up that includes The Christians, Henry Priestman, Gilmore & Roberts, Alasdair Roberts Trio, Tom Kitching, John Loomes, Merry Hell, Winter Wilson, ex-Bellowhead member Benji Kirkpatrick, and Sam Winston.

A new commission, part of the Albert Dock Liverpool 175 strategy, and supported by Liverpool City Council, Folk Festival on the Dock will bring together the city’s rich music and maritime heritage in an exuberant celebration of live acoustic folk, sea shanty and roots music over the August bank holiday weekend.

Clare Rawlinson, marketing manager, Albert Dock Liverpool, said: “Having a host of Janice’s calibre is a real coup for the event and for Liverpool. Janice is another success story in Liverpool’s rich musical heritage, and her passion and dedication for discovering and promoting new talent fits in perfectly with the essence of the event. Her knowledge of music, old and new, is encyclopedic and audiences just love her.

“Likewise, it’s exciting to add some more local talent to the line-up. The Lost Brothers honed their sound in Liverpool during the city’s explosion of musical creativity in the mid-noughties alongside such bands as The Coral and The Zutons. Laura J Martin hails from Maghull, and recently recorded her third album, On The Never Never, in Nashville, which was a hit with critics and fans alike. Both acts are intrinsically linked to the city and causing a buzz in the international folk music arena.

“Blair Dunlop is one of Britain’s most exciting talents to come from the folk scene in recent years, and his second LP, House of Jacks, gained critical acclaim and even won the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award. He will undoubtedly be a huge draw at the festival.”
Folk Festival on the Dock is a free event, with ticketed elements to the programme.

The Liverpool Shanty Festival will also form part of the event and will showcase international shanty artists. The event will also include a unique choral event on Sunday, August 28, 2016, with a number of established choirs performing alongside a newly formed Albert Dock Community Choir, celebrating Liverpool’s heritage.


Albert Dock
Christian tickets at Tate Liverpool
Henry Priestman and Sam Winston tickets at Tate Liverpool

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