Busk Love Folk

Come along and enjoy FREE folk music on Saturday 13 Feb with Busk Love Folk

The #LoveFolk Festival team along with our media partner Fatea Magazine have now confirmed it’s line up for the Busk Love Folk! The Busk Love Folk Event will run throughout the afternoon and evening of Saturday 13 of February and consist of twenty minute showcase appearances, check out the line up below:

Rob Lane 12pm – 12.20pm

Inspired to write and perform by the likes of The Beatles, Pete Townshend, Rufus Wainwright and Ron Sexsmith, Robert played with various bands as a guitarist before taking the decision to perform as a solo artist.

Robert was chosen by the LG Arena to perform before concerts by Dire Straits front man Mark Knopfler, BBC Sound of 2010 winner Ellie Goulding and international superstar singer/songwriter John Mayer. In May 2013 he returned to the Forum Live to play before Eric Clapton’s main stage appearance. In August 2013 he was one of 15 songwriters selected to attend a song writing retreat/course with Kinks front man Ray Davies. Robert has appeared at Beverley Folk Festival, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Birmingham Artsfest and The Tenby Blues Festival as well as venues including Birmingham’s Glee Club and Jools Holland’s famous venue The Jam House. He has supported a wide range of performers including Nell Bryden, Polly Paulusma, Gary Knock, Lotte Mullan, Paul Liddell, Alice Gold, Cattle and Cane, Jazz Morley, Edwina Hayes, Dan Wilde, Jess Morgan, Steve Gibbons, Jay Leighton, Dan Whitehouse and Steve Ajao.

Rob Lane Blogspot

Richard Knott 12.40pm – 1pm

Richard Knott’s guitar playing is rooted in the style of his early blues and folk fingerpicking heroes like Mississippi John Hurt, Leo Kottke and Ralph McTell. But when he took up songwriting after years as an instrumentalist, a new set of influences – from the dry wit and sophisticated chord voicings of Steely Dan to the romantic jazz inflections of Michael Franks – came to the fore to create a unique and original blend. From roots to ragtime, blues to bossa nova, his quirky story songs and deft wordplay engage hearts and minds, while his guitar style creates driving and infectious rhythms on both his own material and classic covers.

”Original songs of witty observations and heartfelt emotions” – Quack/ Live Music

Richard Knott Website

Skinner and Twitch 1.20pm – 1.40pm

Skinner & T’witch are an original folk duo from Leeds. Music to melt the heart, with driving rhythms, strong vocals/harmonies, and a flamenco-inspired guitar style.

An eclectic range of styles and influences, including the music hall, musical theatre, and the tradition of Great British satire.

‘Fans of good vocal harmony folk should check out Skinner & T’witch.’ – Telegraph Folk Music

Skinner and Twitch Website

Iona Lane 2pm- 2.20pm

Performing with big names over the North West and at just 17 years old she has always had a passion for music but never really found her footing until about two years ago when she stumbled across folk music. Submerged herself in it, she picked up a guitar, and never looked back! Along the way she as also picked up mandolin and slide guitar. Her influences include; Blair Dunlop, Larkin Poe, The Lovell Sisters, howdenjones, KT Tunstall, Luke Jackson, Jeff Buckley, Punch Brothers and Kacey Musgraves.

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Neil Stanton 2.40pm – 3pm

Combining elements of folk and blues with a hint of indie-rock, Neil writes and performs subtle blend of original songs covering aspects of life and fantasy. A gritty blues song like “We’re Not the Undead”  may be followed by a light tongue-in-cheek folk song such as “Prometheus”. The blend of song styles is complemented by the combination of instruments (guitar, blues-harp and, occasional ukulele) giving a constantly changing set with a variety of tones, dynamics and flavours.

Neil has been involved in live music in Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas for many years. Having performed as half of a duo (Tomsk) and as guitarist for the Sheds before joining Watford-based band Wicca as a bassist who played London venues such as the Mean Fiddler, The Underworld and The Garage as well as popular local venues.

Neil can be found supporting the local acoustic music scene as well as performing further afield in festivals and London venues.

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Kneel Roddy 3.20pm – 3.40pm

The folk of Kneel is best described as a raw textured blend on indie/folk/rock with a message of meloncholic hope for the broken soul. Neil C Roddy is the central nervouse system behind the creativity that drives KNEEL (signed to MMLJ Records in 2015). Kneel’s debut offering Tales from the Secret Garden of Cobwebs and Grapevines is a seminal masterpiece.

His musical journey has been a coloured one, from owning his own recording studio, to working from Mark E Smith of The Fal, to busking the streets of Manchester to keep the wolf from the door, Neil has never lost his passion to create. Some of Kneels work has been used for advertising and television.

Kneel is well known on the Manchester music scene and performs on a regular basis throughout the UK and works with an array of session musicians for his studio work and live shows.

Salwar Azar 6pm – 6.20pm

Her style is a mix of folk and singer-songwriter but I feel it comes from somewhere more primal than all of the labels which is why I sometimes find it hard to fit into genres.

she was brought up on a mixture of classical and world music and only really branched into folk in her early 20’s.  Listening to the album, although you can hear many different genres within, the mainstay of the album definitely lies on that folk shelf although there are hints of Americana, Country, Bossa Nova and even a taste of laid back Jazz thrown in for good measure which add colour and variety throughout.

Salwa Azar Website

Paul Openshaw 4.40pm – 5pm

“……always makes us smile” (Fiveways Folk Club)

“….very original, highly entertaining” (Ringwood Folk Club)

“…..wry, poignant, incisive by turns” (Lymington Acoustic)

“….talented wordsmith” (Woolston Folk Club)

Paul Openshaw Website

Ashland 5.20pm – 5.40pm

Ashland are an acoustic duo based in the Midlands, with Kathryn Marsh on vocals and David Sutherland on guitar. The idea for the duo was born from Kathryn’s search for a musician willing to learn songs penned by her father; songs which helped form many of the musical memories of her childhood. David, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter with an impressive history of collaborating with others, (Kim Lowings and Chris Cleverley) was happy to help. Both musicians soon realised that Kathryn’s accomplished vocals worked well with David’s own material and so in October 2015, Ashland was formed.

So far they have opened for BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominee, Ange Hardy, and multi-award winning singer songwriter Steve Tilston. Further plans for 2016 include house gigs and a gig on the member’s stage of one of Birmingham’s best-loved venues, The Crescent Theatre, when it presents its inaugural folk festival on 28th February.

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Mullholland 4pm – 4.20pm

A fresh take on alt-country/folk fusing the ‘sounds of the city’ and the ‘spirits of the backwoods’. Like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, James Taylor? You’ll like Mulholland.

With their influences reaching back to the heyday of singer/songwriters in the 60/70s, York-based Mulholland bring their own take on acoustic americana with their close harmonies, self-penned country/rootsy material and reinterpreted songs from the past. “Mulholland paint the picture of America’s heartland” York Calling

Originally formed in 2012 as a five-piece americana covers band, in July 2015 Mulholland morphed into an alt-country duo consisting of Stan Smith (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica) & Ann Dunford (harmony/backing vocals, fiddle, accordion, keyboards)

Their new album, North Country, is due to be released at Easter 2016

Mulholland Website+

Jolly Jock 8pm – 8.20pm (Theatre Bar)

Before you go into Seth – check out Jolly Jock’s session in Theatre bar. Jolly Jock plays guitar, banjo-ukelele and rock ukelele as well as singing unaccompanied, he revisits music hall songs with a modern twist, marmalises some of our best known rock tunes that the audience can sing along to, desecrates favourite folk tunes keeping the audience on their toes wondering what on earth is coming next.

Jolly Jock Website


The Love Folk Festival features names such as Seth Lakeman, Michael McGoldrick, John McCusker & John Doyle, Elbow Jane, Will Pound & Eddie Jay, Ange Hardy and Sheelanagig and is becoming recognised as the season opener for the extended festival season.


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