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World Premiere for Folk by the Oak Festival

Jul 8, 2024

World Premiere of New Seckou Keita Collaboration at Hatfield Music Festival


The organisers of Hatfield Park music festival Folk by the Oak have shared exciting news of a world premiere coming to their Main Stage this summer.

“Kora master Seckou Keita is a firm favourite of team Folk by the Oak, having thrilled our audiences as a solo performer, in collaboration with Catrin Finch and as part of the Spell Songs band” Emma Dexter, the festival’s Marketing Manager told us. “We are always intrigued and delighted by his musical ventures and are over the moon that the first live performance of Seckou’s new collaboration, Homeland Band, will be on our Main Stage!”.

The 8-piece Homeland Band brings Seckou together with N’Dyeye Korka Dieng, one of Senegal’s best-known vocalists, and Moustapha Ngaye, lead guitarist for Youssou n’Dour, plus an array of exceptional talent in the form of Dialy Kemo Cissokho (Percussion & Backing Vocals), Moussa N’Gom (Keyboard and sampling), Ernest Basse (Keyboards), Mouctar N’Diongue (Drum kit, Drum Pad & Backing Vocals), and Modou Gueye (Bass).

The band will be joined by 2 very special guests in the form of acclaimed Gambian multi-instrumentalist Suntou Susso providing upbeat percussion and Seckou’s hugely talented sister Binta Suso bringing sublime backing vocals.

Also on the line-up for Folk by the Oak 2024 are Iconic band Levellers, headlining the Main Stage with a high energy set packed with their most loved tracks, plus superb Hertfordshire born indie-folk band The Staves, the exceptional Boston based Darlingside, multi-award winning trio The Young’uns and innovative new collaboration The Furrow Collective.

On the Acorn Stage, Essex legend and festival favourite Beans on Toast will headline a superb line-up of bands including the funky all female Scottish band Heisk, accomplished roots multi-instrumentalist Cahalan Morrison and one of England’s foremost Folk artists Lucy Farrell, performing tracks from her long-awaited, solo album We Are Only Sound.

Thanks to the festival’s unique schedule with 13 acts across two stages in one tree-lined arena music lovers can catch every single set in one uplifting summer day of music at Folk by the Oak. The festival also has a fun packed family area in sight and sound of the Main Stage, an inspiring array of arts and crafts plus real ale bar and tempting street food.


Photo Credit Tammy Marlar

Many of the family and craft activities are free of charge and, though rarely permitted in the festival world, at Folk by the Oak you are welcome to bring your own picnics and drinks into the arena, making the event excellent value for money for music lovers and families alike!

Carparking is also free of charge, but the organisers encourage everyone to consider car-sharing or coming by train. The festival entrance is just a 10-minute walk from Hatfield Station which is served by regular trains from King’s Cross London.

Book direct (where there’s no hidden booking fees!) and view the full line-up at


For further information please visit :           

Date: Sunday 21 July 2024

Venue: Hatfield Park, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, AL9 5NQ

Timings: Doors open 12.00 noon, finishes approx 10.30pm.

TICKETS: From £54. Children £22 (ages 4 and under are free).  
Early Booking, Family and Group offers are available

Folk by the Oak is proud to support their local charity partner Willow

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