Hatfield House, Herts, Sunday 17 July 2022

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We last welcomed Folk by the Oak favourite Kate Rusby to our festival in 2017, the year that marked our 10th festival and 25 years of her glorious music making. We were so excited that she would be joining us again in 2020 that we were simply delighted she was able to join us in 2021 instead.

A remarkable interpretive singer, Kate’s career showcases her as one of the finest performers of traditional folk songs and one of our most emotive original songwriters. She has a rare ability to transport her audience and bring each tune to vivid reality, earning her a loyal following of dedicated fans and a remarkable crossover appeal.

At her last Folk by the Oak appearance our audience were thoroughly entertained by Kate’s warm Yorkshire wit and her choice of much-loved classics from her back catalogue stretching over her two decades of music making, together with a selection of then new songs from Life in a Paper Boat (2016).

This year Kate will also be enchanting our audience with numbers from her more recent albums Angels and Men and Philosophers, Poets and Kings, and will be joined on stage by the cream of British folk musicians who form her select band. These virtuoso artists are sure to delight you with their exceptional talents and their intuitive support.

Damien O’Kane - Guitars

Nick CookeAccordion / Electric Guitar

Duncan Lyall - Upright Bass & Moog

Sam Kelly - Backing Vocals

Josh Clark - Drums

Everybody loves and respects Kate Rusby, not just for her lovely voice, but for the way she has moved folk forward while remaining true to tradition…

- Sunday Times -

…. exquisite interpretations of traditional material from the pocket sized folk singer with the heartbreakingly tremulous voice and bawdy Yorkshire wit

- Daily Telegraph -

The sound of folk music a la Rusby is on the change, yet whether backed by tenor guitars or banjo... it’s still the voice that hypnotises.

- louderthanwar.com -