WATH FESTIVAL


01-04 May 2015


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ABOUT THE FESTIVAL


Since 1972 Wath Festival has been all about great music, community spirit and having a good time.
Some of the biggest names in roots music have played at Wath including, Fairport Convention, Lau, Show of Hands, Adrian Edmondson and The Bad Shepherds, Chas n Dave, Dougie McLean, The Doonan Family Band, Eliza Carthy, Martyn Joseph, The Strawbs, Martin Carthy, Cara Dillon & many more.


Our unique tradition of Bunthrowing from the church tower on Saturday at noon, commenced at the bequest of local statesman Thomas Tuke in 1810, to distribute alms to the poor of Wath in the form of 40 dozen penny loaves.


We have lots of community events for all ages including:

  • Bunthrowing
  • Maypole dancing
  • Morris Sides
  • Sword rapping
  • Street theatre
  • Local artists and bands
  • Music and dance workshops
  • Childrens' activities
  • Stalls, Hog Roast, Coffee bar & outdoor bar
4

Days

Every May day weekend Wath comes alive for 4 days of song, dance & community events.

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Venues

From Montgomery Hall to The Green & the Town Square there are plenty of free events for all ages as well as ticketed evening and afternoon concerts. Not to mention the legendary "Bun Throwing" from the Church roof top.

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artists

2015 is set to be our biggest and best line up yet. We have some huge names signed up already with many more diverse acts to follow.

Artists


2015 is set to be one of the best festivals yet. See below for the full line up.


Click the images below to hear more.

  • Eddi Reader

    Acclaimed Scottish singer-songwriter of Fairground Attraction and solo fame.

    While & Matthews

    BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winners and nine times nominees since 2001.

    Blackbeard's Tea Party

    A raucous folk-rock party determined to get you on your feet.

  • Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin

    2014 BBC Folk award winners. Slide guitar, beatbox, harmonica & traditional music.

    Bob Fox

    Fresh from his role as The Songman in the hit musical Warhorse.

    Steve Tilston

    One of the great voices of English music at the top of his game.

  • Annabelle Chvostek

    Versatile Canadian singer-songwriter formerly of The Wailin' Jennys.

    Rusty Shackle

    A hootenanny hoedown with folk, rock, bluegrass & Celtic influences.

    Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar

    Two time BBC Folk Award winning young duo with enormous promise.

  • Rob Heron & The Teapad Orchestra

    The finest purveyors of 'North Eastern Swing'.

    Patsy Reid

    One of the most in-demand fiddle players in the UK. Blending traditional and classical styles.

    Melissa Greener

    Quirkily crafted lyrics, soulful melodies, vibey tremelo guitar and bags full of groove all the way from Nashville.

  • Sam Kelly Trio

    One of the best young male voices in British acoustic roots music.

    Geoff Lakeman

    Concertina maestro, songwriter and father to a folk dynasty.

    Ranagri

    Vivid storytelling, virtuosic instrumentals, vibrant rhythms and haunting melodies taking influences from around the world.

  • Hannah Cumming

    A lively, enthusiastic violinist and singer with a passion for Folk, Klezmer & Classical music

TICKETS


No booking fees or p&p charges for all online tickets.

Postal bookings welcome. Send cheque and S.A.E. to

Wath Festival Organising Committee,
Flat 1 Parkcliff Farm,
Morthen Road,
Wickerslsey,
Rotherham,
S66 1EA

    • Weekend

    • Early Bird

      • Access all concerts
      • over the festival weekend
      • at the early bird rate
      • £70

    • Friday

    • Evening

      • Geoff Lakeman
      • Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
      • Blackbeard's Tea Party
      • £20

    • Saturday

    • Afternoon

      • Young Performers Competition
      • Hannah Cumming
      • Ranagri
      • £10

    • Saturday

    • Evening

      • Bob Fox
      • While & Matthews
      • Rusty Shackle
      • £22

    • Saturday

    • All day

      • Access all afternoon
      • & evening concerts


      • £28

    • Sunday

    • Afternoon

      • Sam Kelly Trio
      • Melissa Greener
      • Patsy Reid Band
      • £15

    • Sunday

    • Evening

      • Annabelle Chvostek
      • Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin
      • Eddie Reader
      • £25

    • Sunday

    • All day

      • Access all afternoon
      • & evening concerts


      • £36

    • Monday

    • Afternoon

      • Steve Tilston
      • Annabelle Chvostek
      • Rob Heron & the Tea Pad Orchestra
      • £5

ACCOMMODATION


Great Festival room rate available with local Holiday Inn.

Hotel within easy walking distance of the Festival.

    • Hotel

    • sp2
      • Bed & Breakfast double-room
      • £40 per night

    • E-mail reservations@hiexrotherham.co.uk or call 01709 760666, select option 3 for Hotel reception & quote "Wath Festival 2015" as reference.

    • Camping

    • 1 night

      • Friday,
      • Saturday
      • or Sunday night
      • £10 per pitch

    • Camping

    • 3 nights

      • Friday,
      • Saturday
      • & Sunday night
      • £20 per pitch











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Young Performers' Competition


Are you young? Are you a musician? Would you like the opportunity to perform on the main stage of an established folk festival?


Our free entry Young Performers' Competition is open for entrants aged 16 - 21 year olds who perform acoustic, roots, blues or folk music.


Past winners have gone on to release albums, secure national tours alongside established artists and receive nominations at the Radio 2 folk awards. Click the images below to hear more.

  • Hannah Cumming

    Last year's winner. Violinist and singer with a passion for Folk, Klezmer & Classical music

    Sunjay Brayne

    Folk & blues guitar virtuoso recognised as one of the UK's rising stars.

    Rose Redd

    A deep songwriter and flamboyant performer with a unique voice reminiscent of Amy Lee and Alison Moyet.

Prizes

Prizes include:

  • A slot on the main stage at Wath Festival 2016
  • Cash prizes
  • Trophies & more
  • Photoshoot with Sammi Sparke Photography

  • sammi sparkes photography link to website

How to enter

Send an MP3 attachment of one of your tracks to dannerstockdale@yahoo.co.uk

or...

Send a link to your recording via email, Facebook messenger or Twitter (Soundcloud, YouTube e.t.c.)


Please include your full name, location and email address.


We look forward to hearing from you!

Info


We're always on the look out for volunteers. If you'd like to help out at the festival or just want more information please get in touch.

Artist Submissions

Artist submissions for 2015 are now closed. Please apply from October onwards for the 2016 festival.

Address

Wath Festival Organising Committee,
Flat 1 Parkcliff Farm,
Morthen Road,
Wickersley,
Rotherham,
S66 1EA

Phone

07982 658467

Email

wathfestival@gmail.com