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Creating Merry Hell at one-day festival

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

By Nigel Powlson

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MERRY Hell will top the bill at the Gladefest festival tomorrow – capping off 12 hours of live music and entertainment at Rosliston Forestry Centre.

Gladefest is returning for a third year with a diverse range of music on offer at the Glade Outdoor Arena between 11am and 11pm tomorrow. New this year is TR!BE, a special entertainment section to allow visitors to experience things such as circus skills and drumming workshops.

With their second album, Head Full Of Magic, Shoes Full Of Rain, Merry Hell have been winning over more fans and impressing with their live shows. Bringing in new instruments beyond the guitars and mandolin of their debut, the album uses banjo, spinet and shuttle pipes along with a contribution from Dave Swarbrick, folk violin legend and long-time hero of the band.

Geographically, Merry Hell hail from England's working class north-west and are well-known for their musicianship and song craft.

"As a band, we're undoubtedly blessed with quality songwriters," says Merry Hell's John Kettle. "During 2012 we spent a lot of time at festivals, both playing as a band and because we really enjoy the whole experience, and we really immersed ourselves in the sounds and the stories, which is where a lot of this album has come from."

A new album, The Ghost in Our House will follow soon.

The full main arena line-up is:

1.20pm: Bleeding Hearts;

2.20pm: Green Fortune;

3.20pm: Dom Duff;

4:20pm: Plumhall;

6pm: Kitten Pyramid;

7pm: Leatherat;

8pm: Stubblemelt;

9pm: Merry Hell.

The TR!BE area programme is:

11am: Tribal arts and crafts, circus skills, stone balancing, face painting;

12.45pm: Opening drum circle

1.30pm: Tribal arts and crafts, circus skills, stone balancing, face painting;

3pm: South Derbyshire community drummers – Kurubi;

3.30pm: Tribal arts and crafts etc.

5:15pm: Drum circle.

Go to www.roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk/the-glade/events/gladefest/32/

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