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.
Booking is now complete (though we always have room for more dance sides). Get ready for Celtic raucousness on Thursday with Three Sheets T’Wind: Gypsy wildness on Friday with Romany Diamonds: varied amazingness on Saturday with Leatherat, Zeptepi, Union Jill, Brad McEwen et al: and fun, fab harmonies and more fun on Sunday with Rusty Shackle, Skimmity Hitchers and Greg Russell and Ciaran Algar. It’s going to be great!
Three Sheets T’Wind
Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar
The April Maze
Poor Old Dogs
Rosie Eade Band
Ant Noel & The Peabody Drakes
Mitchell & Vincent
In The Milkwood
The Coarse Envelope
Elliot Hall & Rapunzel
The Slow Way
Shuffle The Deck
Sun Dog Days
Tim Fardon & Rowan Ensoll
Mudlarks Community Choir
Andrew’s Half Sister
Billy No Mates
Nick & Chris Elswood
Sally Pritchard & Kathy King
Bright N High
A big thanks goes out to all of you who helped and supported the Annual Easter Sunday Fundraiser. What a great success it was, held for the first time in the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre. Pictures will follow soon, but here are few from our friends at Burnham-on-Sea.com
Yes the date is now confirmed so get it in your diary, and start planning your weekend, book your B&B, campsite and get your friends involved to make it the best ever Folkfest. We have kept a lot of last year’s info on the website so that you can get a taste of what it is all about if you have not been before, but we should start updating the site with acts that have been booked and new information for 2013 around Christmas Time and into January. So be sure to check back. You can also follow us on Facebook and join in all the chat about Folkfest 2013
Blessed with fine weather, FolkFest was yet again a storming success. We’d like to thank everyone involved - from the artists who played some scintillating sets, through to the bar staff, burger makers and chair-carriers who make the event possible. Hobo Jones sold out Thursday, on Friday The New Rope String Band were hilarious and breath-takingly talented, Saturday was an absolute blast and Sunday saw Three Sheets T’Wind deliver a fitting finale. Thanks again to everyone who helped make F7 a really memorable weekend.
The free “Who’s Who and where they are playing 2012 flyer is available to download now.
Download the 2012 SCHEDULE by clicking here