Published: August 30, 2012
Preview: Burnham-On-Sea's 2012 FolkFest fun starts today!

The countdown has begun to the seventh annual Burnham-On-Sea FolkFest, which gets underway tonight (Thursday, August 30th).

The event will begin with a rabble-rousing taster session at the Ritz Social Club when Hobo Jones and the Junkyard Dogs, right, will entertain the crowds. Doors open at 8pm and tickets, which are limited in number, are on sale at £4 from Sea Breeze in Victoria Street.

Then, on Friday (August 31st) the comedy music group New Rope String Band, supported by Bristol duo Glowglobes, will lead the FolkFest 2012 grand opening concert at The Princess Theatre.

FolkFest Chairman Dominic Wills told "New Rope String Band are three superb musicians - but this is much more of a comedy show than a concert. They're really, really funny."

"They have been described as combining the absurdism of Monty Python with the madcap tomfoolery of Harry Hill, with added pyrotechnic special effects."

Tickets, costing £10, are available from The Princess Box Office on 01278-784464. Doors will open at 7.30pm.

Folkfest will continue on Saturday (September 1st) with dozens of free musical acts and dance groups performing in venues across Burnham town centre.

One of the organisers, Graham Cook, added: "We have around 80 live acts during the whole weekend playing in seven venues across the town."

"There's a great mixture of music again this year that will suit all tastes with plenty of really good new acts. We're also holding some traditional sessions in the Waterfront pub on Saturday at 2pm and 5pm when any musicians can just turn up and join in."

"There are also lots of workshops and children's activities on Saturday in the Baptist Church in College Street plus a dance area outside for dance and clogging groups to perform."

The event will continue on Sunday with Folk In The Park, a great afternoon of entertainment from 12pm-6pm in the Manor Gardens.

Along with great music there will also be children's entertainment, inflatables, a real ale tent, ice creams, food and refreshments.

For more information about who's who at the 2012 Folkfest, click here, or for the schedule click here.


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