The pandemic drags on but summer is almost here and there are signs of green shoots in the world of folk. Many clubs are continuing to put on events via Zoom and now Morris dancers are practicing (socially distanced of course) and there are plans afoot for festivals and live gigs.
- The St Neots 39th Folk Festival 2021 will take place at The Priory, St Neots, Cambridgeshire from 24 – 26 September hosted by St Neots Folk Club. Full details on their Facebook page. The folk club reopened in May (complying with all Covid guidelines) and you can find details of the gigs on their website. Advance booking is necessary at the moment
- St Ives Folk and Acoustic Sessions are due to begin again at The Golden Hind, St Ives on 1 July. Details on their Facebook page
- Costa del Folk have just announced details of their Ibiza 2022 festival (25 April – 1 May 2022). They are also running two great hotel based festivals in the UK this year, as well as cruises and a festival in Portugal. Full details on their Facebook page and their website
- ‘Pint sized’ Towersey Festival 2021 is currently sold out but you can head to their website to join the mailing list to find out about any new ticket allocations
- At the time of writing this blog, general ticket sales for Beardy Folk Festival in Shropshire 17 – 20 June have now closed. But you can add your name to a waiting list and you might be in with a chance. I was lucky enough to attend the fully outdoor 2020 festival last September and everything was great – I felt very safe and had a wonderful time. I can personally verify the claim on their website that ‘Beardy Folk Festival is a beautifully crafted, Midsummer music festival boasting a brilliant line up of folk, roots and acoustic music. All set in the private grounds and secret walled garden of Hopton Court in South Shropshire. There’s world class music on two stages plus artisan food and drink, a small trade village, music workshops, free children’s entertainment and activities including circus workshops, woodland activities and storytelling. There’s also up to four nights camping or glamping available with incredible views.”
- Shrewsbury Folk Festival is going ahead over the August Bank Holiday weekend but because of the pandemic, there will be a few changes. This year there’ll be three open air stages (The Cuckoo stage, The Skylark stage and the Purity Village stage) so they can accommodate everyone at a safe social distance – you’ll need to bring your own chairs or picnic rugs. And with the uncertainty surrounding foreign travel, red list countries and potential quarantine for overseas artists, they will be hosting a wonderful celebration of British based folk and world music performers – full details here. They’ve invited the international artists booked for this year to join the festival in 2022 instead. See their website for all the information.
These are just a selection of the many events planned for the summer – to give you a flavour of what’s to come and keep up your spirits while we try to get back to something approaching normal.If you know of anything happening or are organising an event, please let us know and we will do our best to help to publicise it.
Thanks for your support. Stay safe and keep supporting folk music and dance.