David Hirst. Singer songwriter from Southport. David is the singer in Liverpool based folk band Misery Guts as well as a solo performer. He sings a mix of his own compositions and traditional English songs. David is also a founder member of the Corduroy Folk Club; hosts and organisers of the Folk in the Park. (www.davidhirstmusic.com)
Alastair Vannan. Folk singer from Ormskirk. As well as being a first class singer and musician, Alastair is a professional archaeologist. He sings traditional songs from England, Scotland and Ireland while sharing some of their historical context. Alastair is also a member of the folk duo Vannan-James (www.vannanjames.com)
Ken Beamer. Piper from Maghull. Ken is a former military piper and will be accompanied for this performance by another piper, military drums and guitars. This promises to provide a fabulous finale to Folk in the Park.
Keith Price. Folk singer from Liverpool. Keith plays guitar, violin and melodeon and is a powerful folk singer with a legendary wit.
Tony Gibbons and Kate Bradbury. Folk duo from Liverpool. Tony and Kate are a very well respected duo playing traditional songs and their own compositions too. Their two part harmonies are accompanied by Tony's Guitar-bouzouki and Kate's fiddle.
The Bothy Folk Club Residents. The Bothy Folk Club has been meeting weekly in Southport for nearly 50yrs and is one of the most respected, well established clubs in the country. Some of the very best stars of the folk music world can be seen there on their guest nights. The numerous residents will be joining together in a number of different ensembles to show off the diverse range of British folk music.
Family Ceilidh. Called by Richard Simcock with residents of the Bothy Folk Club. Richard will be encouraging the audience and particularly children to get on their feet and have a dance. Richard is also a founder member of the Corduroy Folk Club.
This takes place on Sunday 28 April in Hesketh Park, Southport between 1pm and 5pm ~ all welcome. There is a real ale pub that also serves meals less than 5 minutes' walk from the park gates: the Imperial Hotel on Albert Road, a Holts pub.