Bristol Folk Festival returns to city after absence

Seth Lakeman
Image caption Seth Lakeman, nominated for 2005 Mercury Music Prize, won two BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2007

Bristol is preparing for the 2011 folk festival with a top line-up of acts expected in the city.

The three-day festival, which takes place from 29 April to 1 May, features Show of Hands, Seth Lakeman and Bellowhead amongst others.

More than 40 acts have been added to event's programme, which returns to Bristol after a 32 year absence.

Taking place at Bristol's Colston Hall, it features top artists from the South West, as well as further afield.

Other performers include "three of the finest female acts on the current roots scene", Rachel McShane, Bella Hardy and Fay Hield.

Festival organisers have also announced that Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends will appear as special guests of Show of Hands on the middle day.

Fisherman's Friends were one of the biggest music stories of 2010, netting a £1m recording deal.

This year the festival is also raising money for Cots for Tots, part of Wallace and Gromit's Grand Appeal, which aims to raise £1m to provide life-saving equipment for Bristol's St Michael's Hospital neonatal intensive care unit.

Bristol-based musician and comedian Fred Wedlock, who passed away in March, 2010, will also be remembered during the festival, with one of the stages temporarily named in his honour.

You can find more information about the event on the Colston Hall website, or by calling the box office on 0117 922 3686.

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