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Come along to Folkstock's free music festival in Baldock

PUBLISHED: 12:02 07 September 2018 | UPDATED: 12:38 07 September 2018

DIDI and her band will play The White Lion in Baldock. Picture: Tony Birch

DIDI and her band will play The White Lion in Baldock. Picture: Tony Birch

Tony Birch

A free all-day music festival will take place in Baldock this weekend.

Folkstock's line-up for The White Lion in BaldockFolkstock's line-up for The White Lion in Baldock

An enticing array of talented singer-songwriters and acoustic acts has been assembled by Folkstock Records for a day of family-friendly musical entertainment at The White Lion tomorrow (Saturday).

While the town’s charity festival Balstock is taking a year out, The White Lion, which has enjoyed capacity audiences over the past few years, asked Helen Meissner from Folkstock to return.

This year’s line-up includes many celebrated acts from the Folkstock stable, with Bristol-based Kate Dimbleby – the daughter of BBC broadcaster David Dimbleby – making her Hertfordshire debut.

Kate’s critically acclaimed album, which was produced by Walkern-based producer Lauren Deakin Davies, found favour with live performances on BBC Radio 2, 4 and 6.

Presenters as diverse as Radio 2’s Clare Teal and 6 Music’s new music guru Tom Robinson invited her onto their shows, and the broadsheets heralded her music as groundbreaking.

Using vocal looping and ingenuity, Kate’s live performances are fast attracting a following, and she comes to Baldock following an extraordinarily successful Edinburgh Fringe show, which saw five-star reviews and a live session on BBC Radio Scotland.

Also appearing on the garden stage at the High Street pub on Saturday will be Zoe Wren, who has been awarded funding from PRS for Music for her latest EP, and Minnie Birch, whose delicate delivery belies somewhat murderous lyrics and whose accolades include a spin by BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens.

Many of the acts have been championed on BBC 6 Music and BBC Introducing, including London’s Roxanne de Bastion, who recently supported Marillion on tour.

Folkstock producer Lauren Deakin Davies, performing as her alter ego DIDI, will round off the evening with her band.

With respected radio presenters Brian Player from Wey Valley and Mike Naylor from BBC Three Counties Radio on hand to introduce the acts, expect a great day’s music.

The festival is free to attend with donations to Cancer Research, a charity close to the hearts of both landlord Mark Butcher and Helen Meissner.

The music starts at 1pm.

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