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Folk on Foot Signs Top Artists for Valentines ‘Festival of LOVE’

Feb 8, 2021

In these dark and challenging times, we all need love. And the award-winning podcast Folk on Foot has signed up over twenty of the UK and Ireland’s leading folk artists to provide it on Valentine’s Day (Sunday February 14th 2021). For the Folk on Foot Festival of LOVE, each artist will sing an original love song, a traditional love song and a cover version of someone else’s love song. Their sets will be combined into a stream lasting over six hours on the Folk on Foot YouTube channel and Facebook page, linked by the podcast’s host Matthew Bannister. The show will start at 1400 GMT.

Here’s a little trailer:

The line up of artists are – Bella Hardy, Beth Porter and the Bookshop Band, The Breath, Chris Wood, Eliza Carthy, Gwilym Bowen Rhys, Heidi Talbot, Jon Boden, Karine Polwart, Kerry Andrew/You Are Wolf, Kitty Macfarlane, Kris Drever, Lady Nade, Lisa Knapp and Gerry Diver, Martin Simpson, Nancy Kerr and James Fagan, O’Hooley and Tidow, Peggy Seeger, Rachel Newton, Sam Lee, Seckou Keita, Seth Lakeman and Steve Knightley.

Last year, Folk on Foot’s Festivals raised nearly a quarter of a million pounds for musicians who lost their livelihoods during the lockdowns. And the Festival of LOVE aims to add to that total. Half the money from a crowdfunding appeal will go to the charity Help Musicians and the other half will be divided equally between the artists who take part.

Viewers are invited to “donate in the name of love” at – posting messages to their loved ones as they make their donations.

Matthew Bannister said: “On Valentine’s Day we aim to bring people from all over the world together through the music of these incredible artists to share an outpouring of love. It will be an antidote to the horrible times we are living through – a chance to join virtual hands, however isolated we may be.  You will see some fantastic performances and some very surprising choices of song. And the line-up is breath taking!

James Ainscough, Chief Executive of Help Musicians said: “With venues still closed, professional musicians need many more months of support until they are in a position to earn their living through music again. In 2020 we were able to support over 24,000 music creators with £15m of emergency financial aid, a figure only made possible by the generous support of musicians and music lovers across the UK. We are so grateful to the team at Folk on Foot for continuing their tremendous Festival series and to the incredible artists taking part. The donations we receive will help to sustain musicians suffering financial hardship – a wonderful way to express our love for those who create the music that sustains us.”

For details on how to support the musicians, producers and filmmakers that contribute to the Folk on Foot podcasts visit:

Reminds me of that old quote ….. “Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead. The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth.” – Charles Kingsley (1819-1875)

Who needs roses when you have music hey ??



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