It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our friend and longtime Folkfest Treasurer Harry Boyce. Harry’s organisational skills and attention to detail, his humour and his hard work, were vitally important in the building of our festival. We will miss him sorely. He was one of the very best. All our love and best wishes to Caroline and the family.
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:
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)
Please support these fantastic fundraisers for the Folkfest.
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…