The Mean Fiddler and Workers Beer Company are very proud to announce the details of The Fleadh 2004, which will be held Sunday 20th June at Finsbury Park, London. The Fleadh is the capital’s longest running festival and celebrates it’s 14th year with an exemplary line up of the finest contemporary roots/folk and rock music around over two stages in one of the city’s best open air venues.
Headlining the event is Bob Dylan one of the few artists truly entitled to be called a legend. He last headlined The Fleadh in 1993 and makes a very welcome return this year. Since his eponymous debut album in 1962 he has been an influence on almost all musicians to come after him. He has been touring constantly for years now, but a show by Dylan is always an event as no two gigs are ever the same.
California’s Counting Crows play The Fleadh for the first time, their only UK festival appearance this summer. Adam Duritz + co released their ‘best of’ album at the end of last year entitled ‘Films About Ghosts’ and are sure to be playing all these hits and more for the Finsbury Park crowd.
Christy Moore joins the main stage line up this year. It was after Moore moved to England from Ireland in 1966 that he started to develop his live show and then in ’69 recorded his first album ‘Paddy on the Road’. He returned to Ireland soon after and for the last 30 plus years has taken his unique blend of traditional Irish and folk music across the world. He has always been a huge favourite at past Fleadhs and 2004 will be no different.
Southampton’s Delays crashed into the Top 20 earlier this year with the sublime single ‘Long Time Coming’ taken from the bands debut album ‘Faded Seaside Glamour’ which has received rapturous reviews. Having only been signed (to Rough Trade) at the start of 2003, their appearance on the main stage at The Fleadh will be the first chance for many people to see what Delays are made of – and they’re sure not to be disappointed.
The Borderline Stage features the finest singer/songwriters around today and making a rare UK appearance, cult US folk singer John Prine will be the very welcome headline act. Since Kris Kristofferson helped him get a deal in the early 70’s Prine has delighted audiences with his music. Artists such as Bette Midler, Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffiths and Tammy Wynette have covered his songs and his 1991 album ‘The Missing Years’ featuring contributions from Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen, earned him a Grammy. This is sure to be a stunning show from a very special artist.
Also playing is the Laura Cantrell Band whose 2000 debut album ‘Not The Tremblin’ Kind’ placed them as one of the leading lights of the US alt-country scene. John Peel called it “my favourite record from the last ten years, and possibly my life”. Born and raised in Nashville she travelled to New York where she juggles a career in finance (she was the Vice President of Equity Research at the Bank of America!) and music.
Kathryn Williams released her debut album ‘Dog Leap Stairs’ in 1999 (which apparently cost ï¿½80 to record) and was immediately embraced by the press who praised her unique vocals and sparse arrangements. Her appearance at a Nick Drake Tribute night at the Barbican in London introduced her to another audience and the follow up album ‘Little Black Numbers’ raised her profile even further when it was nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Award.
Accomplished guitarist/songwriter Nick Harper made his professional debut on an album recorded by his father Roy Harper and Jimmy Page. He released his own album in 1994 and has recorded several more for Glen Tilbrook’s label Quixotic.
Seattle singer/songwriter Laura Veirs sings personal songs of romantic intoxication, everyday vignettes, and occasional social commentary that are often heavy on introspection and intense character scrutiny. She recently released an acclaimed (Uncut Album of the Month) new album entitled ‘Carbon Glacier’.
Many more acts are yet to be announced.
Tickets for The Fleadh are on sale as of now priced £38.50 (subject to booking fee).
Book tickets through ticketmaster.co.uk