Sidmouth FolkWeek 2018 (3-10 August) releasing the first wave of great value Super Early Bird tickets – numbers strictly limited.

This just in from Sidmouth Folk Festival:

Sidmouth FolkWeek 3-10 August 2018, Ear on the past, eye on the future

Tickets now on sale for “the friendliest music-based holiday of the summer” (One Magazine)

Sidmouth FolkWeek 2018 (3-10 August) has announced its first round of headline acts along with releasing the first wave of great value Super Early Bird tickets – numbers strictly limited.

The long-running seaside festival of music and dance brings together a stunning selection of folk and traditional music – from big-name headliners to exciting new performers – all set against the beautiful Devon coastline.

Guests will find there’s something for everyone, with concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, youth and family events, talks, processions and displays, storytelling, and surprises around every corner. The amazing value All-In-One and Season Tickets now available can give you unlimited access to festival events from first thing in the morning until the last thing at night.

See the website for full line-up details and ticket offers: http://www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

What’s on?

The popular Pre-Festival concerts this year feature the legendary Fairport Convention, and the hilariously virtuosic Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

The festival’s concert headliners in the Ham Marquee include the phenomenally popular Show of Hands with Miranda Sykes, the pure and distinctive vocal style of Cara Dillon, a truly global perspective on ancient Northumbrian traditions from Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening, gloriously powerful and melodic dance music from Blowzabella, multi-award-winning Scottish singer and songwriter Karine Polwart, a Before The Ruin 10th anniversary concert from Drever, McCusker, Woomble, innovative and exciting explorations of traditional music from the Gigspanner Big Band, striking arrangements and songwriting from African-Canadian roots star Kaia Kater, beloved and hilarious poet and songwriter Les Barker, stars of the next generation of folk musicians Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, and, bringing together histories from Steeleye Span and Bellowhead, incomparable duo Peter Knight & John Spiers.

Still want more?

Spend your days listening to some of the best performers on the scene in concert, with music from Alistair Anderson & Northlands, Stick in the Wheel, Gordie MacKeeman & his Rhythm Boys, Steve Tilston & Jez Lowe, Faustus, The Rheingans Sisters, Edgelarks, Pete Coe, Narthen, The Emily Askew Band, and a celebration of young musical excellence with the National Youth Folk Ensemble.

The Bulverton plays evening host to high-energy roots shows and dance parties, with performances and a few surprises in store from Eliza Carthy & The Wayward Band, False Lights, Blowzabella, Police Dog Hogan, Elephant Sessions, Blackbeard’s Tea Party, Monster Ceilidh Band, and Vintage Cock And Bull Band. And for the real night owls, Betsy’s Lounge will be open late for music and song.

For those who prefer a more close-up and intimate atmosphere, Sidmouth FolkWeek offers many opportunities to see festival guests on stages throughout the town. Notably, the fRoots-curated Cellar Full of Folkadelia afternoon sessions include Ye Vagabonds, Tim Jones & The Dark Lanterns, Rock Of Eye, and Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne. Festival-goers can also see performances from John Kirkpatrick, Roisin White, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Josie Duncan & Pablo Lafuente, Jez Lowe, The Rowsome Family, Steve Tilston, Pete Coe, Georgia Lewis, Ryan Young with Jenn Butterworth, Nick Dow, Jack Rutter and more.

Dancers will be spoilt for choice with ceilidhs and dances across multiple venues, with something for everyone, whether you’ve only ever tried ceilidh dancing at a wedding, or are a seasoned dancer looking for something to really get your teeth into. Look out for exhilarating dances with bands including the Old Swan Band, Playford Liberation Front, Banter, Polkaworks, Threepenny Bit, Whapweasel, and Diatonics.

This year’s busy Folk Dance programme means you can keep dancing from breakfast til bedtime, with the tried and tested formula of big mornings, gentle afternoons and fun evenings of folk dance. Look out for American dance workshops with Rachel Shapiro Wallace with Vertical Expression and Contrasaurus; English dance workshops with Madeleine Smith and Emma Wooders with Limehouse Cut and Stradivarious; Irish Set from Val Knight with Polka Pests; Scandinavian Dance from Megan Hatto with Bowjolie, Jane Austen Dance with Hannah Moore with the English dance musicians, and much more.

The belle of the evening ball is Stowford Rise where specials include a Playford Ball, a Scandi night, a Playford Electronica event with Sea-Green Incorrigible Music and Daisy Black calling, an Irish Set Night, and American with the callers and dancers from the week all contributing.

The festival also offers an enormous range of workshops, so whether you want to try out something completely new or improve your existing skills, you’ll find something to suit from the 200+programme, with tutors and guests who are leaders in their field. And remember, a Season Ticket gets you into any or all of these workshops.

As ever, FolkWeek showcases a range of British traditional dance styles in Processions, Meet The Teams and spectacular displays around the town and along the seafront, including the unmissable Torchlight Procession. Dance sides already confirmed include Hammersmith Morris Men, Sussex Junction Morris, The Outside Capering Crew, Wreckers Border Morris, Chiltern Hundreds Clog Morris, Belle d’Vain Northwest Morris and many more.

For a brilliant family holiday full of music, dance, and crafts, look no further than the Blackmore Gardens, with three workshop venues offering opportunities for all ages, family evening shows and big-name festival guests. And teenagers get their own dedicated programme of workshops and events with the much-loved Shooting Roots, including a collaboration with the superb Stream Of Sound youth chorus, this year exploring the underwater world of mythological selkies.

Keep checking the website for updates and latest line-up additions for the 2018 festival. http://www.sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk

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For more information or high-res images, please contact Jo Breeze on press@sidmouthfolkweek.co.uk or 07816 165289

Notes for editors:

Sidmouth FolkWeek is an unmissable week-long seaside celebration of music, dance and song taking place in the beautiful East Devon regency coastal resort.

There has been a folk festival in Sidmouth in the first week of August every year since 1955 attracting tens of thousands of visitors to over 700 diverse events with broad ‘something for everyone’ appeal. With an ear to the past and an eye on the future, the festival features established stars and emerging talent; major concerts, lively roots parties; small intimate sessions; ceilidhs and folk dancing; storytelling; fun family entertainment and youth-centred sessions; hands-on workshops and spectacular dance displays; the best in South West crafts and the tastiest of local food and drink.

The town’s streets and venues burst with festive atmosphere and colour as holidaymakers and festival goers join together in the friendliest music-based holiday of the summer.

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New Roots 2018

This just in from New Roots:

New Roots 2018

The call is out to young musicians under the age of 25 who sing or play traditionally based music to enter for New Roots 2016. Whether your style is traditional or contemporary folk, roots or world music, whether you perform traditional material or write your own, the organisers would like to hear from you.   There are two categories, under 18 and 18-24. New Roots has been running since 2000 and the standard rises every year.

The list of judges for 2018 has now been finalised. Between them, Emily Askew, Jamie Roberts. Andy Stafford and Valmai Goodyst represent a wide spectrum of insights into the folk scene. Their task will be firstly to listen to the entries sent in and select the performers who will take part in the final on Sunday April 8 2018 at Trestle Arts Base in St Albans. On the day they will give constructive feedback to performers. There is no overall winner and everyone who makes it to the final will win one or more performance opportunities. The aim is to match the performers to the opportunities at folk festivals, clubs and other events which are offered to New Roots finalists. At folk clubs, opportunities include support slots, featured spots on singers’ nights and full bookings.

Performers who want to enter are invited to complete the entry form on the New Roots web site and email it to info@new-roots.org.uk. In reply, they will get an email telling them how to upload up to 15 minutes of their music. The closing date is 31 January 2018. For further and more up to date information on the web site http://www.new-roots.org.uk This also has a form for event organisers who wish to offer performance opportunities for young musicians.

 

Further details:

http://www.new-roots.org.uk email: info@stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk or ring 01727 852111.

Waltham Abbey Folk Club change venue…

This just in from Waltham Abbey Folk Club…
Important update information.
Please note that 30th Oct will be our last meeting at the Royal British Legion Hall.  From November 6th we will be welcome at The Angel public house , Sun Street , Waltham Abbey , Essex EN9 3DP.
Folk will start to gather at 7pm, singaround starts at 7-30 until 10-30.
We will continue to have one guest evening a month with singaround money going towards the fee.
The £1 per head donation that went to the legion every week will now be donated to the charity jar at the pub.

A charity fundraiser concert, Kimpton, 14 October 2017

This just in…

What: A charity fundraiser concert
Who: The Simon Thompson Band, GBH, Kimpton Unplugged
When: 14 October. Doors at 8pm. And afterwards in The Boot
Where: Kimpton Memorial Hall
Why: This is a fundraising concert for a refugee facility on the Greek island of Samos. There 1600 refugees in the centre, half of whom are children. The majority are living in tents and with winter on the way, their hard living conditions will become unbearable. Life there is really tough.
One aim of this event is to buy a minibus as well as buying stuff that will help the refugees pass the time – games, books and toys for the children.
There’s a lot more information here or on their Facebook page
What next: Buy tickets. £12 for a single, £20 for a pair. On sale in the Corner Store, The Boot and from Ian Mitchell [01438 832747 after 6pm] or from Michael Magenis on 01438 833976 [after7pm].

If you can’t make it but would like to make a donation, please let Ian know

Harpenden Folk Festival cancelled…

Some sad news just in from the organisers of the Harpenden Folk Festival, this coming weekend:
Unfortunately the Harpenden Folk Festival (11th June) has been cancelled – apologies to anyone who was planning on attending.
However the Lincoln Folk, Roots and World Music Festival is still taking place this Saturday with Martin & Eliza headlining plus most other acts the same as for Harpenden see http://www.lincolnfolkfestival.co.uk/index.html
Also check out the Ilfracombe Folk Festival (20-22 October 2017)…
(see http://www.ilfracombefolkfestival.co.uk/index.html)

 

St Albans Folk Festival concert on Saturday 24 June

This just in from St Albans Folk Festival:

Award winning performers lined up for St Albans Folk Festival concert on Saturday 24 June on the Albantide weekend

The Furrow Collective, winners of the Best Group award in the BBC Radio Two Folk Awards, will be the headline guests at the St Albans Folk Festival concert on Saturday June 24 at 8pm at the Maltings Arts Theatre, the Maltings Arts Theatre, The Maltings, St Albans AL1 3HL. They will be supported by other award winners, Alison and Jack, winners of the Watford Folk Club song writing competition and singer Bláthnaid McCullagh, New Roots 2017 finalist. The concert will be the high point of the day, on the Albantide festival weekend, when there will be dancing in the City Centre and live music in City Centre pubs. Details of the full programme will be released nearer the time,

 The Furrow Collective is made up of Alasdair Roberts, Emily Portman, Lucy Farrell and Rachel Newton, who was also awarded Musician of the Year in this year’s Folk Awards. They are four fine soloists sharing a mutual love of traditional songs, from both sides of the English and Scottish borders, with playful, boundary-defying musicianship.

 Since their critically acclaimed debut album ‘At Our Next Meeting’, The Furrow Collective has been in demand as a touring band, gigging throughout Europe and performing BBC live sessions. Their new album ‘Wild Hog’ was released in November 2016.

 Alison and Jack are Alison Frosdick and Jack Burnaby. Alison started singing at Yeovil Folk Club as a teenager. Her voice is both powerful and gentle with an emotive edge that shows her fine understanding for lyric interpretation. Jack did a Jazz degree and toured and recorded with various people from the folk-rock world before teaming up with Alison. They won the Watford Folk Club 2016 song writing competition with their song on the theme of crime and punishment, which they will include in their set in the concert.

 New Roots 2017 finalist Bláthnaid McCullagh comes from an Irish family in Honiton in Devon. She reinterprets traditional Irish folk songs and enjoys exploring a wide array of roots/folk music from different cultures.

 Tickets cost £14, students £10 can be bought on the door or in advance, by booking online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/ovo by phone on 0333 666 3366 or in person at St Albans Central Library, The Maltings, Chequer Street, St Albans, AL1 3JQ

 Further information: Alison Macfarlane Tel 01727 852111 (home) 0207 040 5832 (work) 0770 801 2991 (mobile)

http://www.stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk

Sad news from Herga Folk…

This just in from Herga Folk:

As you may already be aware, after more than 54 glorious years of a well-earned international reputation, a collective membership in the thousands, more than 500 guest performers and more than a million cumulative decibels, Herga will suspend operations at the end of June.  Our last “normal” day will be Monday 19th June, when we have Kitty Vernon & Derek Burgess as our guests.

But we don’t want Herga go with a whimper;  it has played too important a part in so many lives and in the UK folk scene, for us to allow its disappearance to go unmarked!  So we are inviting you to a very special day, to help us “sing Herga out” (we are not calling it a “wake”).  The event will be structured as a massive singaround interspersed with 20-30 minute sets by visiting artists, and will be held at our usual venue but on a Sunday from 2pm to 8pm, to enable people to attend without any logistics problems or concerns. There will be free food, there will be beer etc at club prices, but above all there will be music and song – your music and your singing are what will make this day truly special. So,

Come to HERGA’s LAST HURRAH
Sunday 25th June 2017
from 2pm till 8pm
Greenwood Hall,
Rickmansworth Road,
Pinner  HA5 3TJ

Important:
to ensure appropriate arrangements, please R.S.V.P to hergafolker@folk4all.net

See you there!
HergaFolker

New Roots 2017

This just in from New Roots…

Press release – New Roots 2017

The call is out to young musicians under the age of 25 who sing or play traditionally based music to enter for New Roots 2016. Whether your style is traditional or contemporary folk, roots or world music, whether you perform traditional material or write your own, the organisers would like to hear from you.   There are two categories, under 18 and 18-24. New Roots has been running since 2000 and the standard rises every year.

The list of judges for 2016 has now been finalised. Between them, Jim Causley, Steph West, Andy Stafford and Lynne Heraud represent a wide spectrum of insights into the folk scene. Their task will be firstly to listen to the entries sent in and select the performers who will take part in the final on Sunday April 2 2017 at Trestle Arts Base in St Albans. On the day they will give constructive feedback to performers. There is no overall winner and everyone who makes it to the final will win one or more performance opportunities. The aim is to match the performers to the opportunities at folk festivals, clubs and other events which are offered to New Roots finalists. At folk clubs, opportunities include support slots, featured spots on singers’ nights and full bookings.

Performers who want to enter are invited to complete the entry form on the New Roots web site and email it to info@new-roots.org.uk. In reply, they will get an email telling them how to upload up to 15 minutes of their music. The closing date is 31 January 2017. For further and more up to date information on the web site http://www.new-roots.org.uk This also has a form for event organisers who wish to offer performance opportunities for young musicians.

Further details:
http://www.new-roots.org.uk, email: info@stalbansfolkmusic.org.uk or ring 01727 852111.

Haddenham Ceilidhs – December 2016 Events

This just in from Haddenham ceilidhs:

Hello everyone,

We are looking forward to Saturday evening, December 3rd for our Ceilidh and concert at Haddenham Village Hall.

For our Ceilidh in the main hall, dancing starts at 8pm – Music provided by DIATONICS, NICK WALDEN calling the dances and a chance to watch THE HADDENHAM MUMMERS performing the traditional Haddenham mummers play.

Diatonics are a lively and energetic band with a distinct style that will ensure dancing will be at it’s best. The band has a back line of drums, bass and guitars which fuse with melodeons and fiddle. The last time at Haddenham they took the place by storm!

Meanwhile, our concert in the intimate Walter Rose room starts at 8.40pm with a short spot from our compere. KITTY VERNON, followed by a 20 minute spot from WATLING STREET and then two 45 minute spots from our main guest of the evening, JOHN SPIERS.

John Spiers, known as Squeezy, has made a name for himself as one of the leading squeezebox players of his generation. Well known for his long-standing duo partnership with Jon Boden in the formidable Spiers & Boden as well as his contribution to the massively popular Bellowhead, John has also played with Eliza Carthy’s Ratcatchers  and a number of local folk-dance bands.

Doors open 7.15pm, dancing starts at 8pm. An admission charge of £12, lets you dance or enjoy the concert or perhaps a bit of both! We rarely put up “House Full” signs – it is a large venue but if you are concerned about gaining admission on the evening, just e-mail or telephone and we will reserve tickets for you on the door.

Please feel free to forward this e-mail to anyone or any other groups you feel may be interested.

For more information, contact John at Action Folk, John’s House, 5 Church Street, Aylesbury, Bucks HP20 2QP Tel. 07717 047039
e-mail: john@actionfolk.co.uk Website: http://www.haddenhamceilidhs.co.uk

Details of our programme up to June 2017 are available on our website.

John Heydon