Top star Barbara Dickson to headline Wath Festival

A CHART-topping singer has been lined up to headline a popular music festival.

The Wath Festival is in its 47th year and has booked Barbara Dickson to top the bill for its weekend of gigs at Montgomery Hall.

Barbara’s string of hits includes the No 1 80s ballad I Know Him So Well, which she recorded with Elaine Page.

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Dave Adnitt (66), one of the festival’s organisers said: “We are lucky to have got Barbara.

“It just so happened she was touring around the time of the festival, so I got in contact with her people and she happened to be available on these dates.”

Barbara will be playing an intimate concert with her pianist Nick Holland, drawing on her folk roots and greatest hits.

Other festival favourites appearing at the festival include BBC Folk Singer of the Year Kris Drever, Sheelanagig, O'Hooley & Tidow, Martin Harley and Wath's own folk troubadour Ray Hearne.

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Mr Adnitt said: “I'm particularly looking forward to seeing Sheelanagig, O'Hooley and Tidow and the guitar wizardry of Martin Harley.”

The Wath Festival will take place over May Day bank holiday weekend from Friday, May 4, to until Monday, May 7.

Free Saturday events around the Town Hall include the traditional reading of Thomas Tuke’s Will and the throwing of  bread from the Parish Curch roof at noon.

Throughout the day, there will be Maypole and Irish dancing, school performances, African Drummers, a children’s storyteller in the library, live music and other activities and entertainment.

For more information visit  wathfestival website

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