Folkfest 2015 dates

November 12th, 2014

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.

Other dates for our Anniversary year are as follows:

  • Folkfest Easter Fundraiser

  • with live bands all afternoon and evening at the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre: Sunday 5th April 2015 (1.30 -11.00pm £5 wristband on door)

  • Folkfest Family Fun Day
  • with live bands and loads of stalls and attractions at the BAY Centre Club and Field: Saturday 20th June 2015 (12.30 - 6.30pm free entry)

    Please support these fantastic fundraisers for the Folkfest.

    Last minute changes

    August 26th, 2014

    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)

    Download the 2014 schedule to see who is playing on which stage and when.

    August 14th, 2014

    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

    The 2014 Folkfest Schedule

    The Amazing Urban Folk Quartet for the Folkfest Friday Concert

    June 4th, 2014

    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
    RSVP
    Fromage En Feu
    Inc.A
    Surfin Turnips
    Bill Smarme & The Bizness
    The Drystones
    Jon Dyer & Alfie Gidley
    The Ceili
    The Bara Bara Band
    Johnny Campbell
    MOD
    De-Malebysse
    The Schmoozenbergs
    The Leylines
    Brad McEwen
    Higher Beings
    Jim Crawford
    Laura Victoria & Jo Cooper
    Rosie Eade Band
    LightGarden
    Dan Plews
    Threadbare Ravens
    In The Milkwood
    Martin Hughes
    Benita Johnson
    Cross Border
    Helen Nicholson
    Janey Summer
    Vagrants Crew
    Carpe Uke
    The Slow Way
    Lee Rahn
    The Winkers
    Vermin
    Rustique
    Sun Dog Days
    Driftwood
    Ed K-T
    Simon Arlidge
    Andrew’s Half Sister
    “Blind” Chris Elswood & The Broomdusters
    Steve Brown
    Sam Patten
    Tim Fardon
    Nathaniel Topping
    Steve James
    Andrew Romoff
    Taylor Topham
    Bouncing Biscuit
    Jason Grey & Emma Horton
    Bruce Hudson
    Rob Carey
    Bright’n'High
    Curly & Al
    Emily Elswood

    Inc.A to headline the Princess Stage on Folkfest Saturday, 30th August 2014

    February 19th, 2014

    Inc.A headline Folkfest Saturday Princess Stage 2014
    Inc.A is a unique seven-piece band consisting of a feisty brass section, scorching strings and a vibrant rhythm section with occasional guest appearances from MCs and vocalists.

    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.

    RSVP to Headline Folkfest Sunday in the Park

    February 17th, 2014

    RSVP headline Folkfest Sunday 2014
    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.

    Traders Application Forms for 2014 now available

    January 8th, 2014

    Traders Application Form for Folkfest No 9, 2014
    If you would like to trade at this year’s festival, then you can download the application form right here. WE DO NOT ALLOW ANY EXTERNAL FOOD OR DRINK TRADERS AT THIS FESTIVAL.

    Folkfest Fundraiser - Easter Sunday April 20th 2014

    January 8th, 2014

    Get the date in your diary, acts and more details will be announced very soon.

    Easter Sunday Fundraiser at the Princess Theatre and Arts Centre

    Thanks to all - another great year!

    September 8th, 2013

    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…

    Musical Gypsy mayhem for the Friday night at the Princess - only £10

    August 27th, 2013

    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

    Romany Diamonds

    “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.

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    Any profits made are put back into improving the following year's Folkfest.
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