As 2019’s edition of Moseley Folk & Arts festival gets underway we highlight some ones to watch across the 3-day folk, world and electronic programme.
Kristian Birch-Hurst
13:00 30th August 2019

Now in its 14th year, 2019’s Moseley Folk & Arts festival will tail out the summer with an eclectic blend of political action, live music and interactive workshops. Moving with the times, talks and performances will span traditional, contemporary and more avant-garde practices - family friendly and something for everyone.

Using samples from public information tapes, propaganda materials and archival audio, Pubic Service Broadcasting’s distinct take on progressive rock and electronica is set to both entertain and inspire. Their unique creative process has since amassed a dedicated fanbase and a series of credible collaborators including London Contemporary Voices and the British Film Institute.

Joining them on the Friday, rising singer-songwriter Charlotte Carpenter will continue to build on her support from NME, BBC1 and George Ezra. While Tunng’s folktronica will force worlds to collide with fascinating results.

Firm favourites Jake Bugg and Lucy Rose will vie for the biggest crowds on Saturday evening. Both have secured critical acclaim for their sharp lyricism and melody making, albeit under slightly varied folk styles; Bugg with his rugged licks and Rose taking a more intimate, dreamlike approach.

Earlier in the day, and for a taste of variation, the vibrant Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band will be a celebration of Indian culture via Rajasthani folk songs, Bhangra beats, Bollywood hits and intergalactic funk-pop covers.

Bringing fresh interpretation to the lore and mythology of the ceilidh - that is the ancient social practice of Gaelic folk music - The Ceilidh Liberation Front promises an uplifting display of theatrical dance, immersive experience and virtuosic musicianship. One not to be missed on the final day.

Originally famed for his 1971 hit “American Pie’, Don McLean has since transcended to legendary status with over 40 platinum records worldwide and a place in the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. What an honour it is then, to have him close out the Sunday festivities. A headlining showcase that’s sure to have everybody singing along.

Alongside a line up of talented acts there’s plenty more to see and hear over the weekend too. Catch demos from Extinction Rebellion and talks from the curators of Birmingham Literature Festival. Or for those scouting a more ‘hands-on’ approach why not try some creative clay sculpting and feminist magic.

A festival for discovery hidden amongst the scenic backdrop of Birmingham’s Moseley Park, taking place 30 August - 1 September.


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