As the season turns to summer, thoughts turn to the delights of festivals – outdoor music, fun, food and fine ales, all to be had at the Bury Folk Festival on Saturday July 2. The event, from 10am to 10pm in Nowton Park’s Walled Garden, has a high-quality roster of talent, as this week’s introduction to two more of the main acts will show.
The Bounty Hounds are Bury favourites. The band are a five-piece, led by John Bosely, featuring melodeons, electric guitar and bass, mandolins and bouzouki, all driven along by drums. They are folk – but they rock. Indeed, Swanage Folk Festival billed The Bounty Hounds as ‘folk rock at its very best’ and said they play ‘songs with a beat and a bounce’. If you have heard The Hounds at the annual Oxjam Festival in Bury, or if you have listened to any of their CDs such as Unleashed or Old Bury Road, you will know you are in for a treat.
John says there is a new CD in the works, so if you know their previous music, be ready for some new sounds and songs – and if you’ve not heard them, prepare to be amazed.
Two Coats Colder describe themselves as a ‘progressive acoustic folk band’ – and they play an intriguing mix of traditional and self-penned songs with a line up that includes harmonium, mandolin, bass and guitar.
Since coming together as a foursome in 2011, Anna Bass, Ray Taylor, Chris Bullen and David Baird have built a powerful reputation as performers of great quality. Their latest CD, Unseen Highway, was described as ‘very classy stuff’ in fRoots and the album has had lots of favourable airplay on folk radio shows.
But Two Coats Colder are also a superb live act – as Robin Mansfield at Cambridge Folk Club said, they play ‘pure, honest, beautiful folk music’. They’re another great act to see on a summer’s day in Bury. As Rock‘n’Reel magazine’s reviewer said ‘I can’t imagine anyone not liking this ensemble’.
The Bounty Hounds and Two Coats Colder have lots of fans locally – but they are just two of the great acts on the bill for the Bury Folk Festival this year. Go to the festival’s website at www.buryfolkfestival.co.uk to find out more about the musicians playing, the traders and stalls on site and the musical treats on sale – and to buy your tickets.