As our regulars will know, Folk by the Oak always ends with a bang… and a spectacular firework finale! So when we recently saw Brighton folk/punk band Levellers perform their classic album Levelling the Land we knew we had to book them to close our main stage this year.
The platinum-selling 1991 album is credited with redefining the UK’s musical landscape. It provided the soundtrack for a generation and created a loyal following for the band that saw them sell out their 25th anniversary tour in 2016.
Levellers were born in a Brighton pub in 1988, with a meeting of minds between musicians Mark Chadwick and Jeremy Cunningham. They soon added Charlie Heather (drums) and Jon Sevink (fiddle) and later Alan Miles (harmonic, guitar, mandolin). The band released their first album (Weapon Called the Word) in 1990, at which point Alan Miles quit the band and was replaced by Simon Friend, completing the line-up that produced Levelling the Land the following year and continues to perform some 25 years later.
Levelling the Land features the hit singles and festival favourites One Way, 15 Years and Far From Home plus The Game, Liberty Song, Sell Out, Another Man’s Cause, Riverflow, Boatman and the incendiary Battle Of The Beanfield, all of which will be brought dramatically and spectacularly to life at Folk by the Oak.