Billy Bragg will be headlining the Thursday night with a special show that will celebrate Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday., Bragg forming his first band ‘Riff Raff’  in 1977, however after becoming disillusioned with his initial exposure music to the British music industry , Billy joined the British Army in 1981 as a recruit destined for the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars. Realising he had made a serious career mistake, after three months Billy Bragg bought his way out of the army for £175 and returned home to recommence performing music as a vocation. Dispensing with the services of a band, Billy Bragg took to performing as a solo artist, combining a warm observation of human relationships, with his deeply held socialist beliefs to create songs that that were both wry and highly critical of the social and political situations that existed in the Britain of the 1980’s. Woody Guthrie was noted for writing and performing songs that highlighted the social and personal hardships of dustbowl America during the Great Depression, as well has owning a guitar that ‘killed Fascist’s’ so it is no wonder that Billy Bragg feels a personal affiliation to the work of one of the great folk commentators of the Twentieth Century, and will be putting on this tribute to remind us that certain themes in folk and popular music are still relevant to the world as it is today.

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If you were hoping to score a last minute day ticket to see Billy Bragg, or Clannad, then the sad news is that due to overwhelming demand, tickets for the Thursday and Saturday have now all gone. The good news though is that day tickets are still available for Friday and Sunday at the price of  £41 for the Friday, and £51 for the Sunday, so if you have no desire to miss performances by John Prine, James Vincent McMorrow, June Tabor & Oysterband and  sunday’s superstar headliner Joan Armatrading, then head to the official festival website ASAP and place your orders now.

More good news to announce is that full weekend tickets are still available to purchase at the price of £120 (£88 Concession) with camping available from £36, and caravans at £72. Child tickets (5-15 years of age) are £35, with under five’s being allowed free admission with a parent.

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