Northgate Folk Festival At Chester City walls with Alexanders Live
Choir of Outsiders presents Northgate Folk Festival, an experimental and contemporary folk all-
dayer set in the heart of Chester. Nestled within its ancient Roman City Walls, this new event seeks to celebrate the wyrd and wonderful traditional talent of these Isles.
Our headliner is leading purveyor of experimental Celtic music, Scottish smallpipes player Brìghde
Chaimbeul. Her mesmerising piping has earned her a BBC Young Folk Award and BBC Horizon
Award, and recently she featured on Caroline Polachek’s ground-breaking album Desire, I Want To Turn Into You.
Chaimbeul’s sophomore album Carry Them With Us is an exhilarating weave of rich textural drones,
trance atmospheres and instrumental folk traditions, featuring renowned Canadian saxophonist Colin
Stetson (Arcade Fire, Bon Iver). Her debut The Reeling was also met by similar widespread acclaim.
Named Folk Album Of The Month by The Guardian – who called it “simultaneously ancient and
modern, profound and direct” – it garnered five star reviews across the board.
Progressive folk nine-piece Shovel Dance Collective uncover proto-feminist narratives and queer
histories in their interpretation of traditional music, boldly making heard the voices of the working
people. Tradfolk described their most recent record as “one of the best albums of 2022, if not the last
five years” and rightly so, placing them at the forefront of a new generation of politically conscious traditional folk singers.
We’re also delighted to host one of the foremost songwriters working in Wales today, captivating
soloist The Gentle Good. He will be joined by the many-tassled, multi-talented Toria Wooff, a break
out act in the North West; the highly-idiosyncratic, hypnotic banjo player Jacken Elswyth; velveteen
voiced singer-songwriter Calum Gilligan; Lancashire broadside ballad singer and actor in Shane
Meadows’ new BBC series The Gallows Pole, Jennifer Reid, and many more.
Festivalgoers can also expect appearances from local Morris dancers and music from Bobby Lee,
who will be performing in the afternoon and on DJ duties throughout the day.
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