International artists from the USA, Canada and Australia will grace the stages of this summer's Gate To Southwell Festival (14th to 17th July).

While the 2021 event was a great success, everyone felt the absence of global acts due to pandemic travel restrictions. But now leading French Canadian band, Le Vent Du Nord, who were a big hit at the festival in both 2012 and 2017, will return to perform again while celebrating 20 years on the road. Oregon's finest contemporary folk duo Fellow Pynins will also be appearing, and Southwell warmly welcomes back the much-loved American banjo and doghouse bass combo Truckstop Honeymoon. These much-travelled artists will join a line up already rich with overseas talent including The Spooky Men's Chorale from Australia and Irish traditional music stars Dervish.

With more acts still to be announced, from closer to home there'll be the footstompin' fiddle-driven rhythms of Noble Jacks, plus top singer songwriters such as folk roots veteran Pete Morton and Humberside star Katie Spencer (promoting her poetic new album The Edge Of The Land). Plus there's the folk Americana of Fritillaries (formerly Rainy Day Woman) who made such an impact at the festiaval last September, Helian (the new folk five piece from the Leeds Conservatoire) and also Huson-Whyte, Southwell's own highly talented duo, who'll be among the class acts performing on four live music stages over four days.

As always, the Gate To Southwell Festival promises to be a fantastic event for the whole family with advanced plans for a fun-packed Kids Area featuring Storytelling, White Post Farm, Forest School, Kids Crafts, Toddle Bops, Baby Bops, Out of the Chicken Shed, Circus Skills, Face Painting, Soul Sensory, Giant Bubbles and much more!

To get in the festival mood early there'll be a FREE Kids Area Taster Drop-in Morning at Southwell Library on Saturday 9th April from 10am to give families a glimpse of the GTSF magic; with Baby Bops, Toddle Bops, Festival Fairies and Kids Crafts!

For further details of artists and events, and to buy festival tickets, please visit www.gtsf.uk