The Moseley Folk Festival: keeping alive Moseley’s bohemian tradition

20 Aug

The Moseley Folk Festival returns for a fifth year this September with attractions including the Divine Comedy, Donovan and folk veterans the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.  After the success of the last two festivals (both were sell outs), this year’s event promises to be the best ever, with a winning combination of well-known acts and local, up-and-coming talent, all held in the plush surroundings of Moseley Park.

The festival keeps alive a well-worn tradition of Moseley as Birmingham’s bohemian quarter.  Carl Gervais, co-organiser of the team that also staged the highly successful Mostly Jazz Festival earlier this summer, told InBirmingham about the significance of staging the event in Moseley.  ‘Since the 1960s Moseley has always had a bit of a bohemian vibe’, he says.  ‘There are a lot of music fans in the area, as well as musicians, and with the melting pot of cultures people seem open minded and welcome to different kinds of music’.

The festival picks up from where L’Esprit Manouche left off in Moseley in 2005.  Whereas the latter focused mainly on gyps jazz, this year’s folk festival showcases folk and blues old and new and from near and far.  Whilst the Ukulele Orchestra have been going strong since 1985 and can count David Bowie amongst their celebrity fans, Fyfe Dangerfield’s debut solo album ‘Fly Yellow Moon’ has received widespread critical acclaim.  Alongside the music, award-winning ales will be served from the Purity Brewery in Studley, Warwickshire.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now and can be purchased here.


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