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Music on the streets in Durham will see Eliza Carthy play cathedral

Folk Garden

Story by Jack Foley

A HOST of gigs will reel onto the streets and even a cathedral in Durham this August as a festival brings a Mercury Music Prize nominee and a host of other artists into the city.

Following the massive success of a gig by the Futureheads in Durham Cathedral last year, The Durham Streets Summer Festival is kicking off this year’s event with an extended programme of folk artists, sitting alongside a whole host of international street performers who’ll be taking over the city.

The stunning setting of Durham Cathedral will provide the stage for a gig by the twice Mercury Music Prize nominated Eliza Carthy on August 21, whereas the ‘Folk in the Gardens’ shows will take place throughout the month at the 13th century Crook Hall and Gardens near the centre of Durham.

Eliza’s 1998 Red Rice and 2003’s Anglicana were both up for the prize and Eliza is also the winner of more than five BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and been on the judging panel for the Q Awards and the Ivor Novello Awards.

In 2003, Eliza became the first English traditional musician to be nominated for a BBC Radio 3 Award for World Music. Championed by the likes of John Peel and Billy Bragg from an early age, in 2001 Eliza played the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury leading Michael Eavis to claim he discovered her.

Support comes from Jim Moray.

The ‘Folk in the Garden’ afternoon shows include Joe Hammill, guitarist and singer with the highly-acclaimed Teessiders Cattle and Cane, Rachel Newton, and culminate with Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter on Sunday, August 25 at the Durham Streets Summer Festival finale weekend.

The dates are…

Sunday, August 4 – Joe Hammill (Cattle and Cane)

Sunday, August 11 – Rachel Newton

Wednesday, August 21 – Eliza Carthy (sup Jim Moray)

Sunday, August 25 – Jenn Butterworth and Laura-Beth Salter

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