FOLK fans are in for a toe-tapping treat this year as a host of musicians join the bill for Folkport 09.

An array of BBC Folk Award nominees, including Mawkin Causley and Show of Hands, will take to the stage for the eagerly anticipated event, at Southport Arts Centre on Saturday, February 14.

Following on from the huge success of 2008’s Folkport event, organisers hope the 2009 concert will wow music fans with its all-star line-up.

Mawkin Causley have been nominated for Best Group at the Folk Awards, while Phil Beer from Show of Hands has been nominated for Musician of the Year.

They are both set to perform, along with The Kathryn Tickell Band, Wheeler Street, Ranarim, The Anna Massie Band, Ruth Notman, and The Bothy Folk Club with guests, Scold’s Bridle and Roger Wilson.

All-day tickets are £30 or £28 for concessions and Bothy Club members. Tickets for the afternoon concert only are £14 and tickets for the Evening Concert and “After Hours Extra” are £18.

On Friday, May 1, Southport Arts Centre will also welcome Eliza Cathy who has been nominated for three titles at the BBC Folk Awards. She is in the running for Folk Singer of the Year, Best Album for Dreams of Breathing Under Water, and Best Original Song for Mr Magnifico.

The winners of the BBC Folk Awards 2009 will be announced on Monday, February 2.

To find out more about Folkport 09 or Eliza Carthy call Southport Arts Centre box office on 01704 540011 or visit www.seftonarts.co.uk, or www.bothyfolkclub.co.uk

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