FolkFest: Opening night concert is a sell-out success
than 120 people filled Burnham's Ritz Social Club last night (Thursday)
for the opening concert of the town's annual FolkFest.
days of entertainment across Burnham got underway with a rousing
performance by Three Sheets T'Wind, pictured.
was a great start to the festival with a fantastic atmosphere
at what was a sell-out concert for us," one of the festival
organisers, Graham Cook, told Burnham-On-Sea.com.
organisers are hoping for another big turnout tonight (Friday,
August 30th) for the FolkFest Grand Opening Concert at The Princess
concert will feature the leading Polish gypsy family band Romany
Diamonds (pictured below) who include one of gypsy music's greatest
will come from the popular singer-songwriter Lara Conley and the
Alchemist's Wardrobe. Doors open at 7pm and tickets, costing £10,
are available from The Princess website or on the door.
Chairman Dom Wills said: "We really hope the town will support
our opening concert as we think the Romany Diamonds are probably
the best band we've ever booked."
On Saturday, the action moves into the town centre with free live
music from 1pm to 11pm at The Princess, the Victoria, the Somerset
& Dorset, the Royal Clarence, the Waterfront and The Ritz.
include folk rock monsters Leatherat and up-and-coming duo Union
Jill (right) at The Princess, an Australian evening at the Ritz
with Aussie stars Zeptepi and The April Maze, Canadian folk hero
Brad McEwen with his new band Cotillion at the Vic and the Princess,
and Klezmer madness at the S&D with Bristol's MOD.
the Baptist Church from 12.30pm-5pm there will be a KidsZone featuring
fun jungle themed crafts for children and two Punch & Judy
in the Baptist Church will be free music lessons from festival
performers, with Elliot Hall teaching songwriting, Phil King teaching
guitar and Brad McEwen covering the History and Practice of the
cittern. All lessons will be free and all abilities will be catered
the church there will be flamenco, morris and clog dancing (pictured)
also be a street market on the High Street, as well as street
On Sunday, everything shifts to The Manor Gardens with KidsZone,
a market, dancing and free live music from 12.30pm-6.15pm.
will include local guitarist Steve Brown, Bristol-based a cappella
singers Firefly, this year's BBC Young Folk Awards winners Greg
Russell and Ciaran Algar, 'scrump-punks' Skimmity Hitchers and
the excellent young Welsh folk rock band Rusty Shackle.
Wills added: "We think we've put a really good bill together
this year, with something for most tastes. We
hope the people of Burnham come out, have a laugh with their friends
and really enjoy it."