This year for Moseley Folk Festival Takeover we’ll be bringing a whole host of acts with us for the weekend!
We have Mark Chadwick from The Levellers who will be headlining the weekend. One of the UK’s most successful songwriters, Mark Chadwick, has co-written 20 chart singles and 6 Top 40 albums (including a Number 1) as part of the Levellers, the band he has fronted for over 25 years.
Still going strong, the Levellers are festival favourites and have cemented their cherished status with headline performances at Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight, Cambridge Folk Festival, Bestival and Boomtown and many European and UK events and in 2003 they successfully created their own annual Beautiful Days Festival which takes place in August at Escot Park in Devon.
During this time Mark has released two solo albums ‘All the Pieces’ and ‘Moment’ and his upfront and personal solo performance will see him play a mixture of material from these albums and Levellers classics. Be warned, Mark will have you up dancing!
We Scott Matthews, Dirty Old Folkers and The Lost Notes – As heard on BBC Introducing,The Lost Notes are an original Acoustic Folk Roots band from Moseley, Birmingham who write songs about things that matter. Like the perils of one night stands and plastic surgery, the plight of bankers, greaseballs, snakes, Greco-Roman health and safety failings, mules, mermaids and the down right miserable. Formed in 2014 they have been “taking the folk world by storm!” (Folk For Folk’s Sake Radio) with their energetic and entertaining live shows.Their music “fits in amongst peers like…FleetFoxes, …Fairport Convention…and Crosby Stills Nash and Young” (Rocking Magpie). All delivered in glorious 3-part harmony. Their 2017 debut album Run Free Right Now received national acclaim, described by Maverick Country Music Magazine as:“ 4/5 stars Sublime…fearless and entertaining; extremely clever song-writing…wonderful.” The 2020 follow-up “Lowlifes and HighTimes” was equally well received: “Their debut announced them as rising stars, this puts them firmly in the brightest constellation” (Folking.com). “One of Birmingham’s finest emerging bands, this Moseley based quintet fuse bluegrass, folk, jazz, blues and pop to produce a sound as compelling as it is entertaining” (Birmingham Mail, GleeClub gig review).
We also have Cut A Shine, Moseley Folk regulars, a London based troupe of traditional musicians, dynamic Ceilidh dancers and crazy callers determined to spread the word that the Hoe Down is a’happening. R John Webb’s Dandy the Vandal, Adam Giles Levy and Christie Reeves will also be making an appearing over the weekend.
And finally, Thorpe and Morrison are an enthusiastic, energetic traditional folk duo formed out of Joe Broughton’s Conservatoire Folk Ensemble. Harry Thorpe and Sean Morrison are committed folk musicians who have drawn from their diverse musical backgrounds to create music that both respects the traditions it originates from, while still exploring the potential for it’s progression. Sean gained a passion for Scottish folk growing up in Ayrshire playing in the Ayrshire Fiddle Orchestra, whilst Harry became engrossed whilst playing in pub sessions in Suffolk. Having both moved to Birmingham, they now combine their Scottish/English folk upbringings within the duo.
There is plenty for you to enjoy on the day so come on down!