Preview: Festival of Artisan at home

Festival of the Artisan as the very best of the UK’s acoustic music scene come together to entertain and enthral festival goers in the comfort of their own homes today. 

The Festival, supported by Arts Council England, aims to celebrate the extraordinary stories of ordinary folk and features a stellar line-up including previous BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winners Blair Dunlop and Bella Hardy and the pioneers behind the concept of ‘Artisan Music’.

The festival starts at 19:30 GMT tonight  with festival opener Steve Bonham performing his unique blend of stories and song. Festival goers are encouraged to go to the Festival of the Artisan home page where the live stream will be found. The music continues on Saturday afternoon from 13:00 GMT, and then the evening session starts at 19:30 GMT.

Festival of the Artisan Director Steve Bonham said: “Festival of the Artisan grew out of my belief in the values of the artisan which has been reflected in all my work over the last few years – that life is better when people and things are authentic, inspired, crafted and made of good materials!  

The festival is free; however, viewers are asked to make a “pay-what-you-feel” contribution with a suggested donation of £5 and there is the option to transform the festival experience by purchasing one of the exclusive Backstage Passes at: 

Funds raised by the Backstage Passes and donations go a long way to helping make sure the Festival of The Artisan and the associated activity becomes an exciting part of the UK music and arts scene.

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