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book, Stand­ing in An­other Man’s Grave.

Mu­sic, though, is at the fes­ti­val’s core with this year’s line-up fea­tur­ing a care­ful blend of well es­tab­lished names along­side im­pres­sive new­com­ers. Head­lin­ers in­clude multi-award win­ning band Oys­ter­band, crowned best group at last year’s BBC Ra­dio 2 Folk Awards. Hav­ing evolved in the 1980s from the folk band Fid­dler’s Dram, the group de­vel­oped into a ceilidh band be­fore find­ing its feet as one of Eng­land’s finest folk rock acts.

Scot­tish duo The Pro­claimers whose hits in­clude I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) and Let­ter From Amer­ica are also among the star at­trac­tions as is Nashville singer-song­writer Gretchen Peters who has worked with Bryan Adams and writ­ten songs for the likes of Etta James and Neil Di­a­mond.

Other mu­si­cal high­lights in­clude fes­ti­val favourites and BBC Ra­dio 2 Folk Awards dou­ble win­ners Show of Hands, who have per­formed at every­where from Womad to Glas­ton­bury and built a large fol­low­ing with their unique blend of folk, roots, blues, rock and world mu­sic.

Henry Pri­est­man, song­writer with The Chris­tians, is also re­turn­ing to the fes­ti­val. Pri­est­man started out his mu­si­cal life as a sup­port act for the Sex Pis­tols in 1977 be­fore go­ing on to make a name for him­self with The Chris­tians, sell­ing three mil­lion al­bums in the process.

As well as th­ese more es­tab­lished names, the or­gan­siers are keen to pro­mote new­com­ers on the folk and roots scene – like the win­ners of the 2012 Live and Un­signed Awards, Co-Co and the But­ter­fields. Other young stars to watch in­clude Sam Carter, a BBC Ra­dio 2 Award win­ner who ap­peared on Later ... With Jools Hol­land last year, and BBC Ra­dio 2 Hori­zon Award win­ner Lucy Ward.

Wade says they want to sup­port as much up and com­ing mu­si­cal tal­ent as pos­si­ble. “We al­ways try to en­cour­age young mu­si­cians who go on to make a for them­selves and we’re ev­ery ex­cited about this year’s lineup,” she says.

Af­ter 30 years, she is de­lighted that Bev­er­ley Folk Fes­ti­val is still alive and kick­ing. “Our rep­u­ta­tion has grown and more peo­ple know about us and that ob­vi­ously helps,” she says. “Peo­ple like com­ing to Bev­er­ley and they seem to like the pro­gramme we put on here be­cause it’s a bit dif­fer­ent from some of the other fes­ti­vals out there.

“It’s a very friendly place and it’s a lovely lo­ca­tion and this year we even have cows and sheep won­der­ing around on the edges.” What more do you want?

Bev­er­ley Folk Fes­ti­val, Bev­er­ley Race­course, June 21-23. For more in­for­ma­tion & tick­ets visit www. bev­er­leyfes­ti­ or call 01377 217 569.

The Ice­landic gi­ants have al­ready made much of the “ag­gres­sive” step they’ve taken on Kveikur, their sev­enth stu­dio al­bum. In­deed, from the first track and first sin­gle, Brennesteinn, un­til the last, this is a whole lot more punchy, pound­ing and ul­ti­mately per­cus­sional than any­thing that has come from the trio be­fore. But “ag­gres­sive” is a strong word: af­ter all, this is Sigur Ros, whose mu­sic re­mains the most beau­ti­ful be­ing made. The echo­ing falsetto vo­cals, eu­phoric waves of synth, dainty jin­gles, ten­der strings and softly hummed har­monies from Jon Thor Bir­gis­son, Ge­org Holm and Orri Pall Dyra­son still stop lis­ten­ers dead in their tracks.

Swedish singer Anna von Hauss­wolff is the daugh­ter of an avant-garde mu­si­cian and her sec­ond al­bum, strik­ing for its use of a church or­gan at its core, opens with the sepul­chral Epi­taph of Theodor be­fore mak­ing its mis­sion state­ment in the eight-minute, slow-build­ing sym­phonic pall of Deathbed. Von Hauss­wolf’s voice is not heard un­til al­most five min­utes in, when it bursts through the apoc­a­lyp­tic ar­peg­gio like Kate Bush at her most shrill and ex­cit­ing. A gloom-pop tri­umph. Imag­ine von Hauss­wolff as Lana Del Rey’s mu­si­cally ne­far­i­ous sis­ter and you don’t even come close.

From the easy vir­tu­os­ity as they wind up the fi­nal Hoe Down, or that laid-back Cor­ral Noc­turne, this is the Detroit Sym­phony in sparkling form for the toe-tap­ping gusto of the ballet, Rodeo. Less well-known, and far re­moved from folksy Amer­i­cana, Dance Panels is full of Co­p­land’s most beau­ti­ful melodies. Milk­ing lo­cal colours for the pic­tures of Mex­ico and Cuba, this su­perb disc comes from the con­duc­tor Leonard Slatkin, in sound qual­ity as vivid and ex­cit­ing as you can get.

CROWD PULLERS: The Pro­claimers, whose hits in­clude I’mGon­naBe(500Miles) and Let­ter­From Amer­ica, head­line this year’s Bev­er­ley Folk Fes­ti­val.

TOP TUNE­SMITH: Nashville singer-song­writer Gretchen Peters has writ­ten songs for the likes of Neil Di­a­mond and Etta James.

Sigur Ros – Kveikur XLCD606 £13.99:

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