Lichfield Festival of Folk 2019

Tuesday, 7 January 2020
Days Out

Experience the very best of folk as Lichfield Arts, in co-production with Lichfield Garrick, give you the new Home Service.

On Friday 18th October, you have the chance to experience a reunion show for Home Service at Lichfield Garrick; featuring actor, singer, songwriter, composer and musician, John Tams, along with reed musician John Kirkpatrick as they join to front their sensational band.

Originally established in 1981, Home Service was originally formed from the creativity of the Albion Band line-up, which produced the classic album ‘Rise Up Like the Sun’.

In total, Home Service produced three albums and have headlined at festivals in Cambridge, Cropredy, Dranouter and has also provided music for the National Theatre’s highly acclaimed production, The Mysteries.

With five great years on the road, leading front man, John Tams, announced retirement, that resulted in many believing that it would mean the end of the band. This was until 12 months later when a new line-up was announced, featuring musician and singer John Kirkpatrick as the lead.

Not only this, the folk festival doesn’t stop sat Home Service, as there is also the opportunity to see other bands from Saturday 19th – Sunday 20th October as the musical talent continues. Lichfield Arts presents you the opportunity to witness wonderful acts including, The Lucy Ward Band, Racheal McShane and the Cartographers, John Clarke; Bella, Polly and the Magpies, Keith Donnelly and Sam and the Watlings, just to name a few.

L2F Folk Train

At West Midlands Railway we always look at supporting our local communities, which is why we helped our friends at Lichfield Arts showcase their talents and promote the festival on one of our trains.

Lichfield Folk Train

Folk enthusiasts and musicians grouped together on Wednesday 25th September for a musical bonanza as they travelled along our line from Lichfield Trent Valley to Sutton Coldfield, entertaining travellers along the way. The get together attracted a large group of volunteers who were happy to spread the word of the upcoming festival, which saw accordions, guitars and singers all come together on our train to spread the musical word.

So, what are you waiting for? If you fancy a fun folk day out, why not grab your tickets over at Lichfield Garrick’s website for Friday 18th October? Tickets are £24 with the show starting from 19:30.

Travelling by train? You can purchase your tickets with West Midlands Railway to Lichfield City station which is just three minute walk to Lichfield Garrick.

If you are attending, we hope you all have a wonderful time!