Joe Brown, one of the headline acts scheduled to appear at this yearâ€™s Village Pump Folk Festival, has had to withdraw from the bill owing to medical reasons. Speaking this week, Festival Director, John Alderslade, said: â€œEveryone is disappointed that he wonâ€™t be able to play at this yearâ€™s Festival but Joe hopes this will be only a postponement and we are all looking forward to seeing him in 2015. Heâ€™s a hard performer to replace, so we have gone for a completely different kind of act and weâ€™re delighted to have Peatbog Faeries – one of the top Scottish bands – headlining on the Village Pump Stage on the Friday night. They are great favourites on the Festival circuit and should bring the first night of our festival to a rousing climax.â€ Peatbog Faeries were nominated as Best Live Act in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2012 and have twice won Best Live Act in the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. With a line-up of fiddle, keyboards, pipes, drums, bass and guitar they combine traditional – sounding Scottish tunes with a hard rock edge, making them the perfect party band so Pump fans should be rocking and reeling the night away. Be a Steward at the Festival For anyone whoâ€™d like to get in free and become involved with the Festival, there are still some opportunities to be a steward over the weekend. In return for a few hoursâ€™ work each day, you can earn a free weekend ticket, worth Â£120. Details are on the web-site as below. The Village Pump Folk Festival takes place at the White Horse Country Park, Westbury from July 25 -27.