Our Folk Festival is still quite new on the scene, but it’s not the only one at Jinney Ring as we have been running the Blues Festival here for 8 years now.
2016 was the third year for our Folk Festival had its biggest line up to date of 8 acts who performed on our garden marquee stage. Opening the day was The Honeyfire, two sisters who play harmony driven folk dream-pop, followed by Mark Stevenson aka The Bard of Ledbury. Local acts included folk-punk duo Jack of All from Malvern, and three from Worcester including young trio Granny’s Attic, the fun-fuelled Woo Town Hillbillies, and closing the night Jasper in the Company of Others with their energetic fusion of indie pop.
Two multi-award winning acts were on stage in the evening. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Sam Carter has toured the world and just released his third album ‘How The City Sings’ in April 2016. Lucy Ward had recently been awarded the Best Album 2015 title at the Fatea Magazine Awards, and previously Best Newcomer in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, a title also won by Sam Carter.
In 2015 our headliners were the outstanding Roving Crows whose Celtic folk rock fusion has won industry acclaim and many fans who flocked to see them . Throughout the day we also enjoyed The Leylines who were a stand-out act on the day with their unique style of punk folk. Also on stage we had folk-rock trio Foreign Affairs and the live-wire Gaz Brookfield, who both also performed at Glastonbury on the same weekend. Local musicians included Tyler Massey & Mike Mann, Worcester’s Claire Boswell and Malvern’s multi-award winning Babajack.
2014 was our first year and we enjoyed music throughout the weekend from Roving Crows, local singer-songwriter Sam Holmes, The Grimaldi Band and Ragtime Jug Orchestra.