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New Mills Festival Kicks Off Big Come Back Plan with First Festival Fundraiser

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Beneath Our Humble Soil

Folk band The Willows

After a huge response from concerned members of the public volunteering to help get New Mills Festival on a firmer footing for the future we are very pleased to announce the first in a series of events and fundraisers for 2018 that will see the return of the full festival programme and Lantern Procession in 2019.

The Willows a folk band hailing from Cambridge, UK.  “…straddle the worlds between Americana and English roots music and do it in a very very deft way…” Mike Harding Folk Show "...Absolutely gorgeous sound, a lovely album..." Bob Harris, BBC Radio 2 "... a breath of fresh air to the folk music community...  "Maverick Magazine "…outstanding!" The Telegraph, With stories at the heart of the music and the band equally at home with pin-drop intimacy as they are invigorating foot-stompers.

The band will perform for the first time in New Mills at the stunning St Georges Church on Saturday 3rd February. Tickets for the gig are priced at £10 early bird, £8 concessions and are available online at  or in person from Priscilla’s Hallmark , Market Street, New Mills. Any remaining tickets, of which we anticipate very few, will be available at £13 full price on the door.

Their first album Beneath Our Humble Soil was nominated for Best Debut in the Spiral Earth Awards 2014. The much anticipated follow-up Amidst Fiery Skies, co-produced with Sean Lakeman was released to critical acclaim, with The Telegraph hailing it "a triumph" in a 5-star review and a place in their folk albums of 2014. Fronted by the breath taking vocals of Jade Rhiannon, supported by rich vocal harmonies and dynamic acoustic musicianship the band take influence from folk traditions on both sides of the Atlantic.

They have toured extensively both as headliners and supporting the likes of LAU, Seth Lakeman, & Peatbog Faeries. The six person line up of talented musicians has built a reputation as a compelling live act, appearing at the likes of Shrewsbury Festival, Cambridge Festival, Sidmouth Folk Week, Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Towersey, Broadstairs, Sark, Village Pump, Secret Garden Party, Warwick Folk Festival, Folk By The Oak, Village Pump, SommerSound (Germany), Bristol Folk Festival, Purbeck and FolkEast.