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Love Folk Festival 2020

Our sixth annual Love Folk Festival returns to Southport for a celebration of new, upcoming and traditional folk music. Join us at The Atkinson for the little festival with the big heart and spend the most romantic weekend of the year dancing, singing, drinking, eating and generally loving folk!

This year we welcome SheelanagigMartyn JosephMerry HellBlair Dunlop, Granny’s Attic and Lucy Farrell & Andrew Waite.

Visit the Love Folk Festival 2020 page for more information.

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Blair Dunlop

Blair Dunlop, the award-winning British singer, songwriter and guitarist, has now released 3 albums 2 ep’s and toured widely around the globe.  All of this in a short 4-year career is astounding alone but what sets Blair apart from his peers is the lyrical and musical maturity with which he writes.

His third album ‘Gilded’ was released in May 2016 on his own label – Gilded Wings – and was widely acclaimed gaining BBC Radio 2 Playlist status for the two single releases (‘The Egoist’ and ‘356’) both of which were remixed by Ed Harcourt.  Prior to this Blair released his acclaimed album ‘House Of Jacks’ in mid 2014 which lived up to the promise of his 2012 debut ‘Blight and Blossom’ (the quality of which contributed to his winning the BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award).  Blair has now cemented his place as one of Britain’s most exciting talents to come from the folk scene. The Guardian stated that the ‘House Of Jacks’ proves Blair is ‘an increasingly adventurous songwriter’, Uncut reviewed it as ‘thoughtful and exploratory’, The Independent on Sunday described it as ‘fluent, lamentory and accomplished’ while Q Magazine wrote that House of Jacks is ‘an exciting glimpse of where traditional folk might go’.

2018 Blair saw the release of his 4th album ‘Notes From An Island’ on his own label to rave reviews. On this album he brings in previous collaborator Ed Harcourt as producer.  After successful tours of Australia (March 2018) and the UK (October 2018) Blair has cemented his place amongst UK folk influenced songwriters and leaps into 2019 with shows in Switzerland, Canada and Germany followed by a UK tour in April 2019 and a bucket load of festivals through summer 19’ 


“An adept guitarist whose epic songwriting instincts prevail on a personal-political fourth album” – MOJO

 “Blair Dunlop’s fourth album finds him fully ensconced as a singer-songwriter of maturity and sophistication” – RnR Magazine 2018

 “Notes From An Island really ought to give Blair Dunlop the wider exposure he deserves” – RnR Magazine 2018

 “On his fourth full length LP, Notes From An Island, he develops a more mature sociopolitical undertone to his music.” – Guitar Magazine 2018

“Blair Dunlop could help bring the genre back to the forefront of the UK music scene.”  – Guitar Magazine 2018

“The busy crowd…is testament to Dunlop’s talents.  Dunlop brings an air of tenacity while displaying a fine repertoire of well-crafted songs spanning traditional and contemporary.  He’s determinedly taking the traditions of folk in his own direction”  – THE INDEPENDENT – Live review 2016


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