THE line-up for Wirral's 14th Folk On The Coast music festival is revealed today.

Running from Thursday, May 30 - Monday June 2, the hugely popular folk music, dance and poetry showcase will be held at the Whitby Club in Ellesmere Port.

Headline acts include Chris While, Julie Matthews, Elbow Jane, Sam Kelly Trio and The Upbeat Beatles.

Also appearing are Gerry Ffrench, Paul Walker and Karen Pfeiffer, Jim Moray, Henry Priestman, Les Glover, The Drystones, The Deportees, Wet the Tea, Harbour Moon, Jacqui McDonald, Tom McConville Band and a host of other acts.

The festival attracts folk and acoustic music and dance enthusiasts from all parts of the United Kingdom, and Europe.

It all starts on the Thursday evening with an Open Mic night of music entitled ‘Sing in the Festival’ with the hosts being the Hungry Horse Folk Club and the resident band Vocal Point.

Main festival attractions will feature four concerts that will take place in the large main concert hall on the Friday evening, Saturday afternoon, Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.

The main stage concert programme is:

• Friday May 31 (7pm start): Gerry Ffrench, Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer, Jim Moray, Chris While and Julie Matthews.

• Saturday, June 1 (12.45pm start): Paul Walker & Karen Pfeiffer, Henry Priestman & Les Glover, The Wilsons, Elbow Jane.

• Saturday, June 1 (7.15pm start): The Drystones, The Wilsons, Sam Kelly Trio and special guests The Upbeat Beatles

• Sunday, June 2 (1pm start): The Deportees, Wet the Tea, Harbour Moon, Jacqui McDonald and Tom McConville Band.

There will also be an indoor craft fair, mini-concerts and chances to meet artistes.

Throughout the weekend there will be workshops in songwriting and arranging, guitar, ukulele, bodhran, whistle, poetry.

With Open Mic Musicians Singalong and Singaround sessions; Ukulele concert; Songs of the Sea and Shanties plus Morris and Appalachian dance displays, there will be something for everyone. It all promises once again to be another great weekend.

Festival co-director John Owen said: "The festival is just a brilliant spectacle for lovers of folk and acoustic music and dance.

"It continues to go from strength to strength each year and is always very well-attended.

"We recommend everyone to book tickets in advance for the main concerts".

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