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Bristol Folk Festival 2020 to open with concert in Bristol Cathedral

By bristol247, Monday Feb 3, 2020

The ‘first lady of folk’ has been has been revealed as the headliner for this year’s Bristol Folk Festival.

Multi award winning artist Kate Rusby will headline a special opening concert at Bristol Cathedral, in a double header with O’Hooley & Tidow on Friday, May 1.

It will be one of the first major gigs in the cathedral since Laura Marling played there in 2011.

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The festival’s lineup also includes Jon Boden, who headlines St George’s on May 2, performing with his new group The Remnant Strings; and the unique Caribbean-British fusion of Edward II closing the festival on May 3 at St George’s.

Bristol Folk Festival creative director, Dr Anna Rutherford, said: “Topping our storming first year in 2019, was always going to be a challenge, but in Kate Rusby and Jon Boden we have the king and queen of folk.

“We are exceptionally proud to welcome artists of this calibre to Bristol, and to open the Folk Festival in the majestic surrounds of Bristol Cathedral will be a magical moment to treasure forever in the memory of this special city.”

Bristol Folk Festival takes place from May 1 to 3, with the main venues Bristol Cathedral, St George’s and the Folk House as the festival expands for 2020.

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Main photo of Kate Rusby by David Angel

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