The addition of the Acorn stage in 2012 enabled us to create a whole day of back to back sublime music. We are very proud to have showcased some incredible new talent over the years, and this year's Acorn Stage line-up will be just as enthralling and inspiring!
Sam Kelly & the Lost Boys
Winner of Radio 2’s Horizon Award for emerging new artists 2016
An all too easy choice this year for us, we are only too happy to welcome back Sam Kelly, this time to headline our Acorn Stage! Sam‘s band will fill you full of festival gladness and smiling energy! Already well respected in the folk world for his passionate rekindling of traditional songs, it feels like he’s been with us for much longer than just 5 years. Sam Kelly’s love of folk music shines through his lively and captivating performances - lucky Acorn Stage! Don’t miss his new album which is out this summer!
Patch & The Giant
Simply brilliant to see live, this London based band will have you on your feet dancing to their euphoric foot-stomping balladic loveliness. Rich vocals are accompanied by a variety of instruments including; cello, flugelhorn, accordion, mandolin and trumpet. We are really looking forward to this set!
Photography by Marcus Duran
Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage
Having been completely blown away by their 2016 album Before the Sun we recently saw Hannah and Ben supporting Sarah Jarosz at Union Chapel in Islington. It was an incredibly beautiful set that had the capacity crowd of 900 completely transfixed as they sang and played around a single microphone creating a subtle yet rich and dynamic sound. Bag your hay bale early for this set and prepare to be taken on a wonderful journey with this spellbinding duo.
The Hut People
Probably the most unexpected, quirky and unique acts on the UK folk scene today, The Hut People promise a show like nothing you, or our Acorn Stage, has seen before!
This year The Hut People (Sam Pirt and Gary Hammond) release their 4th studio album: Routes. Citing ‘infectious melodies and foot-tapping rhythms packed into containers laden with grooves form around the globe’, the Hut People are enticing one and all to ‘Jump on board and enjoy the ride’
So we thought we would, and we’re taking you along too!
“…music that's in turn dramatic, joyous and hypnotically beguiling... a bewildering array of percussion and accordion-fired compositions... truly infectious!”
Fara have been in our sights for a while now and we are so pleased that they can join us at Folk by the Oak this year, bringing a touch of Orcadian magic to the Acorn Stage. Gems of the Scottish folk scene Fara consists of Jennifer Austin, Kristan Harvey, Jeana Leslie and Catriona Price. The energy of 3 fiddles and a driving piano mixed with vibrant arrangements full of rich harmonies make this a set not to be missed!
Kitty Macfarlane has a singing voice that stops you in your tracks and draws you in right from the start. Her flawless voice is accompanied by her beautifully fingerpicked guitar. She was one of those applications that stood out instantly and basically booked itself. Make sure you do not miss this set!
London Youth Folk Ensemble
When we first added a second stage to our festival in 2012, our aim was to offer our audience a full day of wall to wall sublime music while simultaneously creating a platform for a new generation of folk artists. And so the Acorn Stage was born, and since 2014 the opening slot has been given to the London Youth Folk Ensemble (LYFE).
Set up by EFDSS in 2013, LYFE is brings together committed young folk musicians with professional folk musicians to create and perform folk music from the British Isles and beyond.
The Ensemble you will enjoy at Folk by the Oak this year is led by folk artists Jo Cooper and Ben Moss