After the success of its first year the second North Devon Folk Festival is back from September 5-7 with more great music and entertainment, set in and around the stunning sea front location of the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe. The line up this yea

After the success of its first year the second North Devon Folk Festival is back from September 5-7 with more great music and entertainment, set in and around the stunning sea front location of the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe. The line up this year includes Melanie, Bellowhead, Eddi Reader, Trans-Global Underground, Tarras, John Tams and Barry Coope, Devon Sproule Band, Last Night's Fun, Bella Hardy Trio, Annabelle Chvostek, Martha Tilston, Steve Tilston and many more. The music takes place across three stages, all under cover so there will be no need to bring your wet weather gear! As usual there will be a range of local real ales and ciders to try as well as festival food to tempt you and market stalls to browse around. Headliner Melanie Safka is one of the most recognised and respected faces in the folk music world. Hailed by the New York Times as the female Bob Dylan, she is best known for her huge 1971 hit Brand New Key which was later re-written by the West Country's own The Wurzels for their number one The Combine Harvester. Melanie's popularity has not diminished over the years. On average she has released one album a year since 1969, and in 2007 she performed to a sell-out crowd at the Meltdown Festival in London, garnering rave reviews with The Independent stating, "Melanie has earned her place alongside Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and Marianne Faithfull in the pantheon of iconic female singers". Bellowhead are an 11-piece band and the brainchild of folk duo Spiers and Boden. Formed in 2004 after John Spiers and Jon Boden came up with the idea of creating a big folk band while stuck in traffic on the M25, Bellowhead create riots of colourful sounds and are fast becoming the talk of the folk world. The band has won the Best Live Act at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards three times (2005, 2007 and 2008) and released their debut album Burlesque in 2006 to great critical acclaim. Singer/songwriter Eddi Reader has come a long way since forming the pop group Fairground Attraction in the 1980s. With the band she recorded the number one single Perfect in 1988, and won two BRIT Awards for Best Single and Best Album in 1989. Eddi is now a successful solo artist and has worked with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra recording an album of material by celebrated poet Robert Burns, and released her eighth album last year. Fresh from WOMAD Festival, Trans-Global Underground bring their fusion of Western, Oriental and African music styles to the North Devon Folk Festival. Formed in the early 90s, the band has a fairly fluid line up and welcome many guest artists to perform with them. They have recorded nine albums and remain a very popular live act with gig goers. Other acts performing over the Saturday and Sunday are the highly regarded traditional band Tarras, the spine tingling harmonies of John Tams and Barry Coope, the magical guitarist Devon Sproule and her band, the blistering soulful tunes of Last Night's Fun, fiddle-singer extraordinaire Bella Hardy Trio, Canadian multi-instrumentalist Annabelle Chvostek Trio, father and daughter Steve and Martha Tilston, good time performer Debby McClatchy, the vibrant and original Dragonsfly, the jigs and shanties of The Dambuskers, comedy musical trio The Singing Sous Chefs, home-grown talent Jenna, the imaginative fiddle and bluesy sound of Fiddlebix, and atmospheric songwriter Chris Millington. Friday evening's entertainment is completely free and will showcase well known North Devon songwriters, traditional musicians and new wave folk. Special guest will be Jez Lowe, the enchanting singer/songwriter and BBC Radio 2 Folk Award 2008 nominee. He will be joined by Tom & Barbara Brown, Al & Pam Cruse, Ian Hudson, Tickets for the weekend are priced at £50 for adults, 12-16 year olds at £10, and under 12s free. Day tickets are £27.50 and if you're not able to spend the whole day at the Festival, afternoon tickets are available on Saturday and Sunday for £13 (valid until 6.30pm), and evening tickets are £19 (valid from 6.30pm). For further information or to book tickets call the Box Office on (01271) 32 42 42