Folk stars are the focus as Boxmoor gets set for landmark gig

Dacorum Folk Festival 2013 headliners Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin
Dacorum Folk Festival 2013 headliners Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin

Folk fans are eagerly awaiting Saturday’s big event in Boxmoor – and the big names topping the bill.

Fresh from a much-praised spot at the famous Cambridge Folk Festival, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin – recently voted Best-Duo in the Spiral Earth Folk Awards – will be headlining at the first Dacorum Folk Fest at the Boxmoor Playhouse.

The duo combine influences as diverse as English folk music, Indian classical and American blues to create a sound that is textured, hypnotic and utterly captivating.

Using slide guitars, fiddle, banjo, vocals, and even beatbox harmonica, their debut album, Singing The Bones, has been given the thumbs up by some of the top critics in the field.

And they have certainly paid their dues, playing everywhere from Maida Vale Studios to Nashville, Tennessee and building a reputation on the festival circuit including appearances at Glastonbury and the famous Sidmouth Folk Week.

Brian Doran, who chairs the Dacorum Arts Partnership which is helping to co-ordinate the Dashfest Dacorum-wide arts, sports and heritage festival over the Summer, said: “We are very lucky to have booked Philip and Hannah, they delighted the Club Tent audience at the Cambridge Folk Festival.

“They have a combination of virtuosity, intensity and charisma and their visit to Hemel Hempstead is a marvellous opportunity to catch them live.”

Also on the bill are George Papavgeris, na-mara and KARA.

The show starts at 7.30pm with doors open from 7pm at the St John’s Road venue.

Tickets are £10 in advance £12.50 at the door, and U16s pay £5.

Call 01442 268913 or visit www.wegottickets.com/dashfest to reserve yours.

During the afternoon at the venue there will be a family-friendly CD launch party with a showcase of local folk artists and brand new songs – find out more at www.whatsonindacorum.org.uk.