Northern Roots Festival release it’s full line-up whilst introducing a number of developments to the festival.

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The lineup, described by  Festival Director Bruce MacGregor as “one of the most dynamic and exciting we’ve had in the five years of this festival”,  will be headlined by Rura, winners of the Best Up & Coming Act 2011′ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards as well as nominees for the Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. They will be joined by Anna Massie and Mairearad Green, Edwina Hayes, Mike Vass, Malinky’s Fiona Hunter and Charlie Roth and AJ Roach.

Responding to previous years there have been a few changes, Bruce explains: “We’ve changed things slightly this year with the more acoustic based acts performing in the early part of the evening in the Bogbain Bothy and then the high energy stuff through in the Bogbain Barn later in the evening. The idea was to allow those folk who want to sit and listen to a gig in comfy warm surroundings and at the same time provide a venue for those that want to have more of a Hoolie! ” And the bands in charge of the party vibe? Grousebeater Soundsystem, Rob Heron and his Tea Pad Orchestra and the Elephant Sessions.They will certainly do the job.

Also on the bill for the weekend are The JP Trio, described by Irish maestro Martin O’Connor, the Henry Girls, Charlie Roth joining AJ Roach who is teamed with Dundalk’s first lady of flute and supreme singer, Nuala Kennedy.

Another change is the use of four of the best music pubs, The Market Bar, The Gellions, The Castle Tavern and Hootananny all hosting afternoon music sessions featuring artists from the festival. Ending the festival on the Sunday will be the final of the new Northern Roots Award for new artists in the folk-roots genre. With the reward being a recording session at the new Bogbain Studios, competition will be tight and applications have been received from all over the UK.

Full Programme Details

Friday 31st

 The Acoustic Bothy stage – Bogbain 8-10pm

The Henry Girls, Mairearad & Anna, Adam Holmes

The finest singers and acoustic performers in the intimate Bothy.

Seated

Online Tickets £12

On the door £15

 Barn stomping Festival Club – Bogbain 10.30 – late

RURA, Elephant Sessions and many more

Festival Club in the party barn featuring the most exciting contemporary roots music

Limited Seats/ Standing

Online Tickets £8

On the door £10

The Northern Roots & Shoots Sessions

Open sessions featuring festival acts in Hootanannys, The Market Bar, The Gellions and The Castle Tavern. 2- 5pm       Free Entry

Saturday 1st June

 Medicine Music & The Teaposy @ Northern Roots festival

The Acoustic Bothy Stage 3-5pm

A special afternoon of Americana and roots music featuring Charlie Roth, Nuala Kennedy & AJ Roach

All – Seated

Online Tickets £10

On the door £12

 The Acoustic Bothy stage – Bogbain 8-10pm

Edwina Hayes, Mike Vass & Fiona Hunter, Larsa

Seated

Online Tickets £12

On the door £15

 Barn stomping Festival Club – Bogbain 10.30 – late

Grousebeater Soundsystem, Rob Herron & Tea Pad Orchestra, JP Trio

Online Tickets £8

On the door £10

The Northern Roots & Shoots Sessions

Open sessions featuring festival acts in Hootanannys, The Market Bar, The Gellions and The Castle Tavern. 2- 5pm       Free entry

Sunday 2nd June

Final of Northern Roots Award

Bothy 6pm – 7.30

Festival Finale with special guests Angus Nicolson Trio – Bogbain Barn

8pm till late

Online purchased Seated tickets £15

Online Standing £10

Tickets on door £15

A selection of the weekends best acts and some other surprises

The Northern Roots & Shoots Sessions

Open sessions featuring festival acts in Hootanannys, The Market Bar, The Gellions and The Castle Tavern. 2- 5pm       Free entry

Early Bird tickets available now via Bogbain Farm website. with free camping available.

See our review of Northern Roots Festival 2012

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