Top names head to Lyme for folk weekend

LYME Folk Weekend is just around the corner and this year one of the most talked about bands on the current scene will make Saturday night at the Marine Theatre a night to remember.

All the way from Wigan, and fresh from an exhaustive tour of Britain’s summer festivals, come Merry Hell (pictured), one of the most exciting live folk bands to have emerged in recent years.

Winners of both the Best Band and Best Live Band at the 2018 awards, this brilliant seven-piece outfit have been blazing a trail in the north of England with their high-energy, foot-stomping folk-rock, and are making a rare visit to the South West especially for Lyme Folk Weekend.

It is an evening not be missed, particularly as Merry Hell will be supported by Ranagri, the superb four-piece band who stole the show at Lyme Folk Revisited in April.

The festival headline shows kick off on Friday August 31, with a unique opportunity to see four of the UK’s most exciting, young folk and roots acts on stage together. The show is curated by multi-award winning duo Ninebarrow, who will perform along with three of their own favourite acts – the brilliant Dorset trio Kadia, virtuoso guitarist Will McNicol, and superb a capella group The Teacups.

Bringing down the curtain on Sunday, September 2 will be another unique concert, this time from one of the country’s biggest names – Show of Hands.

Steve Knightley and Phil Beer began their remarkable musical journey 25 years ago here in West Dorset. Their first CD was recorded live in Bridport at The Bull Hotel and Steve has written a host of songs about the people, stories and landscape of this area.

This will be a rare opportunity to hear the duo revisit these songs at the wonderful Marine Theatre, in a unique coastal setting overlooking Lyme Bay.

As usual, the Marine Theatre shows will also feature some amazing support acts, many of whom will be known to Lyme Folk regulars from earlier festivals and the special Revisited concerts, including Saskia Griffiths-Moore, Toby Noble, Steve Dagleish and Ranagri.

Tickets for the Marine Theatre shows are on sale now at or from Lyme Regis Tourist Information on 01297 442138.

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