Artist Update – Bob Fox no longer appearing

After a number of conversations, and a considerable amount of deliberation, we’re really sorry to say that Bob Fox will no longer be able to join us for this year’s festival as planned.

Bob had agreed to make a special return trip from a pre-booked stay in Crete in order to be with us for this year’s festival – and of course, we’d booked all of that in when we thought that the world would be running smoothly in the autumn!  At this stage, travel is already complicated enough, but when you’re trying to do it for a single day’s visit and need to fit in a 48-hour second covid test it becomes particularly difficult. Alongside the added pressures, and costs of trying to negotiate the issues, we’d also have the increased risk of something not quite going to plan which could jeopardise the performance at the last minute.

This is not a decision that has been taken lightly, and Bob is genuinely devastated not to be with us this year, particularly as we were celebrating Mick Peat’s life in the Concert for Mick. However, we’ve had to take a practical and pragmatic view on the situation, and all agreed that sadly, this is the right action to take.

We’ve already agreed that Bob will be back with us in 2022 though – so this is a postponement of his appearance, rather than a cancellation!

Having discussed how we might fill Bob’s place (and his wine glass when we next see him…), we’re delighted to welcome Rare Occasion to the festival stage.  They were with us for the 2020 Festival At Home, where they gave us a wonderful performance, so it’s going to be great to see them in Derby Cathedral on Saturday afternoon. The band features: Judy Dunlop’s rich voice and wicked sense of humour; Jon Scaife’s mastery of fine arrangements for guitar & cittern; Nigel Corbett’s rich and tasteful fiddle playing – and they really are great to see and hear!

Rare Occasion performing The Sheffield Grinders (recorded during lockdown)

How do we write words, when they clearly could never be enough?

Dear Friends,

With a heavy heart, we must share the news that Mick Peat passed away last night following a short illness.
The news has hit incredibly hard, and all of our thoughts are with Celia and the family at this incredibly difficult time.

As festival patron John Tams says “He will forever be our guide and inspiration and always in our thoughts. R.I.P. me duck.”

Speaking personally, Mick has not just been my co-director at the festival, but at different times, has been like a father figure, brother, grandfather, mentor – and always a fabulous friend – across the 30 years that I’ve been involved in Derby’s music and cultural scene. Life without Mick in it can’t yet be fathomed. The world of all things Folk, Derbyshire, and beyond is so fortunate to have had Mick in it, and his legacy will be far reaching.
What a fella!

Rest in peace, Mick,

You’ll always be in heart and mind,
Bob x

From Drystone Arts:

It is with deep sadness we announce the death of our dear friend and founding President Mick Peat after a short illness. Mick left us on January 22nd aged 80. We extend our sympathy and love to Celia, the family and his countless friends across the world of music. He will forever be our guide and inspiration and always in our thoughts.

R.I.P. me duck.

Programmes available for all Sessions, and Fringe!

We’re into the last few days before the festival, and we’re still working really hard to get everything finalised. We’ve put together what we think is a huge list of content for each session, and for the fringe – and now it’s all pulled together, we can share it with you!

Each link has the programme, in PDF format, for you to download, so you can plan your time…

Session 1 Programme – Friday 2nd October, 7pm

Session 2 Programme – Saturday 3rd October, 2pm

Session 3 Programme – Saturday 3rd October, 7pm

Session 4 Programme – Sunday 4th October, 2pm

Facebook Fringe Programme – Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October

John Tams forced to pull out of the festival

Dear festival friends,

We’re having to make an unavoidable change to the Derby Folk Festival At Home line up, but we hope you’ll understand, and support the approach we’ve taken.  Our friend and patron, John Tams, has been on a waiting list for a while (we know he’ll have some great “between-song-stories” for you about this in the future!), and, such is the nature of 2020, the appointment has come through right at the point where we were going to record his and Barry Coope’s performance.  Despite being desperate to perform for you, it’s simply not possible.  Here’s what Tam has to say:

Since the onset of a cardio-vascular condition affecting my right leg in March and the understandable need for resources to be diverted to fighting the virus I’m now 5-months on and 5-months worse. Pain management now includes morphine which has had little effect save for rendering me with an adjacency, zero concentration and lack of purpose. Saving my leg is now a priority but with such a backlog, surgery continues to be delayed, not just for me but for thousands of others.

My association with Derby Folk Festival goes back to its very beginnings so being forced to withdraw piles on more hurt. My heart is with Derby Folk Festival but my mind and body is elsewhere.

I’m sorry to let you down and my sincere hope is to make it up to you in the future.

Until then, stay well, stay safe and………“Look after one another”.

Thine, Tam.

We have, however, had a chat with Barry Coope, and are really pleased that he has agreed to continue with the performance – bringing in the super talented fiddle player and singer, Fi Fraser (Plain Capers, Old Swan Band, Token Women, Fraser Sisters, Polkaworks, The Old Fashioned and The Derbyshire Volunteers – and more!)  They will also be joined by the simply fabulous melodeon playing of  a man who needs little introduction – Andy Cutting!  This will be a delightful concert, from Derbyshire-based internationally recognised musicians, who we’re lucky enough to call friends.  The Saturday evening 7pm session will therefore now close with BARRY COOPE, FI FRASER and ANDY CUTTING rather than John Tams and Barry Coope. We know you’ll love them, and we’d like you to join us in wishing John Tams the very best of health, and the speediest of recoveries.

Lockdown Update

14 April 2020

We hope you’re all keeping safe in these strange and difficult lockdown times.

The festival is still on, as it satnds, and we’re continuing with all of our plans. Information changes daily, but we’re keeping fingers well and truly crossed.

We’re really hopeful that we’ll be able to put all of the events on as planned, as we’re a smaller festival these days. We use city centre venues; and hope we’ll all be able to get out by the time October comes. With that in mind, remember that tickets are still on sale! Your support would be hugely appreciated… if anything changes, we’d obviously reschedule things, or refund as appropriate.

Our thoughts go out to all of our friends who have had to cancel tours and festivals. It’s really tough to make those decisions, but we know you’ll all be back stronger, and safer in the future. We’re sending much folk love x

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