FolkFest 2014 Preview: Countdown to festival fun
days of live music will be performed in Burnham-On-Sea when the
town holds its annual FolkFest this weekend.
of musical acts will be performing across the town when the popular
event returns for a ninth year from Thursday to Sunday (28th-31st
entertainment gets underway on Thursday night at the Ritz Acoustic
Club in Victoria Street with an opening performance by faux-French
funsters Fromage En Feu (pictured above). Tickets are only
£4 and are available in advance from Sea Breeze in Victoria
Friday night at The Princess Theatre there's a special performance
by the renowned Urban Folk Quartet, four super-accomplished musicians
dealing in folk, roots and even classical, with a great deal of
good humour thrown in. Support comes from up-and-coming south-west
flute-and-guitar duo Jon Dyer and Alfie Gidley. Tickets, priced
£10, are on sale at The Princess on 01278 784464.
Saturday there's free live music from 1pm to 11pm at The Ritz,
The Princess Theatre, The Victoria Hotel, Royal Clarence Hotel,
The Somerset & Dorset and The Waterfront, featuring over 50
will include Inc.A (pictured right), Surfin' Turnips, The
Ceili, MOD, Bill Smarme & The Bizness, Jim Crawford, Brad
McEwen, The Bara Bara Band, De-Malebysse, Laura Victoria, Helen
Nicholson, LightGarden, Cross Border and In The Milkwood, as well
as such local favourites as The Winkers, Vermin, Driftwood and
also be shanty singalongs with Vagrants Crew, a uke-along with
Carpe Uke, official sessions with Martin Hughes and unofficial
performances in the Princess Theatre Bar and Cafe and Mr Bean's
during the day.
there will also be a street market from 10am to 5pm in the High
Street plus traditional dancing outside the Baptist Church from
11am till 2.30pm and storytelling with fairy Hazel Lloyd at the
public library at 11.15am.
at the Baptist Church (pictured) will have craft fun from
12.30pm till 4.30pm, including a Punch & Judy show at 1pm
and a Mermaids, Princess & Pirates show at 3pm.
at the Baptist Church there'll be free workshops with folksinging
with Laura Victoria at 1pm: Blues Guitar with Jim Crawford at
2pm: Ukulele with Carpe Uke at 3pm, and Meet The Artist with Brad
McEwen at 4pm where you can chat with Brad about Canadian and
British folk, Canada itself, the history and practice of the cittern
and even the Meaning of Life. Throughout the day the amazing Higher
Beings will be performing on the streets as stiltwalkers and living
Sunday, the action moves to Burnham's Manor Gardens where there'll
be a traders market, KidZone, burgers, ice cream and bar. Musical
performers will be Steve James at 1pm; Sun Dog Days at 2pm; local
stars Fallen Apples at 3pm; brilliant folk duo The Drystones at
4pm; and the wonderfully colourful bhangra band RSVP at 5pm.
Chairman Dom Wills told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Once again,
a lot of people have worked really hard to raise the money for
Folkfest and we've managed to put together another great and varied
personal recommendations would be Inc.A, Laura Victoria, Helen
Nicholson and The Bara Bara Band, but really there's something
for everyone to enjoy. It should be another cracking weekend."
More details can be found in the official Folkfest programme,
now available to buy from participating venues, as well as Sea
Breeze and Hurleys. You can also download a schedule by clicking