The 2015 Folkfest, which is in fact our tenth anniversary will be held between Thursday 3rd to Sunday 6th September. Further details will be forthcoming over the ensuing months so check back from time. If you’ve never been before, then check out the details of last year’s Folkfest below, which will give you some idea of what you’ve been missing. The format will be similar to previous year’s with both the Saturday and Sunday events being completely free! Concerts will be run on both the Thursday and Friday evenings, which will be ticketed, but in line with our value for money policy, will be the usual amazing quality at a low cost.
There are two last minute changes to the schedule on Saturday as follows:
LEE RAHN will be on at 1pm Saturday at the Waterfront
The LEYLINES will be on at 2pm at the Royal Clarence Hotel (a fabulous replacement to the scheduled Daft Folk)
The 2014 schedule is now available to download.
Plus, while you are at it, why not download this year’s who’s who to get some extra information of every act playing at this year’s Folkfest. Download the Who’s Who
We are delighted to announce the booking of the Urban Folk Quartet for this year’s Friday Concert at the Princess Theatre on August 29th
Our normal low ticket price of £10 for the Friday Night Concert continues this year and they are NOW ON SALE from the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre, Burnham-on-Sea
Joe Broughton, Paloma Trigás, Tom Chapman and Dan Walsh are The Urban Folk Quartet. Four highly accomplished musicians, a dozen instruments and four voices coming together to craft a knockout show of globally–influenced, electrifying acoustic music that has been taking the international folk scene by storm.
LINKS TO THIS YEAR’S ACTS
The Urban Folk Quartet
Fromage En Feu
Bill Smarme & The Bizness
Jon Dyer & Alfie Gidley
The Bara Bara Band
Laura Victoria & Jo Cooper
Rosie Eade Band
In The Milkwood
The Slow Way
Sun Dog Days
Andrew’s Half Sister
“Blind” Chris Elswood & The Broomdusters
Jason Grey & Emma Horton
Curly & Al
They mash up elements of jazz, Eastern European folk, Arabic and film music and set them to drum and bass, breakbeat and hip-hop rhythms. They play everything live without any laptops, samples or loops.
Their shows are a complete sensory experience, combining costumes and dance moves which involve and transfix the crowd: getting the audience moving is a big part of the Inc.A manifesto.
As the first of many announcements for this years festival, we are pleased to announce that the very talented RSVP, are bringing their own brand of Bhangra, with a twist, to the 2014 Sunday Folk in the Park event.
Get the date in your diary, acts and more details will be announced very soon.
We’ve had another fine FolkFest, perhaps the best ever. For this, we’d like to thanks all the acts who performed with such style and gusto. So many great sets, so much to remember. We’d also like to thank all those who helped out over the weekend - the volunteers, the soundmen and, in particular, the Hillview Carnival Club stewards who went way beyond the call of duty to help make this year’s fest a storming success. Now, time for a little lie-down, I think…
Tickets are still available for Friday night (August 30th) at the Princess with ROMANY DIAMONDS. Supporting will be The Alchemist’s Wardrobe AKA stunning singer-songwriter Lara Conley and brilliant multi-instrumentalist Niks. Tickets are priced at £10 and are available to buy from the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre Box Office 01278 784464 or online at www.theprincesstheatre.co.uk, or can be purchased on the door tonight at £10
“Three generations of one authentic musical Gypsy Roma family will be playing acoustic magic with fire and soul and amazing their audiences with back-to-front violin playing and soul searching ballads followed by musical Gypsy mayhem. A magical cocktail, shaken not stirred - that’s The Romany Diamonds”
“Together they serve you traditional camp-fire Gypsy music that makes the heart thump, the feet tap, the hands clap and invites you into the secret world of joyous Gypsy melodies that haunt and set alight your mind.”
We are immensely proud to bring an act of this quality to Burnham. Led by Ricardo Czureja, one of the world’s greatest Roma violinists, they’re a whirlwind of virtuosity and excitement, but also playful, delivering the kind of musical comedy only possible for the impossibly talented. Ricardo was raised in Poland amidst the strong Roma culture of his very musical family and its Gypsy community, also soaking up the surrounding Jewish and Slovakian sounds. He came to the UK in 1998 and has been blowing audiences away ever since, building a strong reputation as one of World Music’s most outrageous characters. He’s joined in the Romany Diamonds 5-piece by his son Ben, a killer guitarist influenced by Django Reinhardt, with the band also employing keys, double-bass, percussion, tambura, accordion and occasionally hurdy-gurdy. Their journeys into Gypsy classics, Russian romance, bossa nova , rock, pop and many other genres are always thrilling and always taken to an improbably high level by Ricardo’s crazy flights of fancy. You’d be mad to miss it. Romany Diamonds play Hungarian cardas, Russian ballads, romantic and traditional Gypsy music, Gypsy Jazz, jazz funk cafe Music and Tom Jones with a touch of Pavarotti.
Experience tempi, enchanting beauty, adventurous arrangements and cracking humour.