The 26th Tenterden Folk Festival
Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th October 2018
Tenterden Folk Festival takes place over four days with folk song, music, dance, crafts and traditions.
Tenterden, situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, about 12 miles west of Ashford, is an ideal setting for this friendly, family folk festival. It features one of the widest High Streets in the country lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous friendly pubs, cafes and restaurants and green verges.
Concerts, barn dance, special shows, workshops, meet the guests, folk clubs, etc. Free events include: craft & street stalls, free music stage, dance stage, dance displays, procession, song and music sessions, street theatre, etc
GUESTS CONFIRMED SO FAR
Thursday evening concert guests include: John Conolly
Special weekend guest: Julie Felix
Plus: Alice Jones, Delta Ladies, Geoff Lakeman, Georgia Lewis & friends, Granny's Attic, Mick Ryan, Merrigan, Pete Castle, Pete Morton, Scolds Bridle
Also featuring: Mick Ryan's new Folk Opera "Here at the Fair"
Our regular and local guests
Chris Roche, Direction Corsaires (Belgium), Gavin & Julie Atkin, John & Di Cullen, Marsh Warblers, Peter Collins, Portside, Spare Parts, Sue Watson, Travelling Folk, Vic & Tina Smith, Vic Ellis - one-man band, United Folk Orchestras
Free music stage guests: Charlie Tophill, Nunhead Folk Circle, & more
Plus up to 60 Morris sides, Appalachian dancers, other folk dance display teams, street theatre, etc.
Events at the festival include an English Barn Dance, concerts, sing-a-rounds, music sessions, folk clubs, special shows, a craft fair and street stalls, music stalls, free music and dance stages on the Recreation Ground, Morris dancers, dance displays, procession, showcases, meet the guest spots, workshops, dancers and musicians on the Kent & East Sussex Railway, events for children and much more besides.
Venues and public houses
Festival venues include: The Evans Bar and Moulton Hall upstairs in the Tenterden Club, St Mildred’s Parish Church, St Mildred’s Church Hall, The Town Hall, The Saddlery, The Recreation Ground and the High Street, There are also events in The Woolpack, The White Lion, The Vine, The William Caxton and Susie's Kitchen.
Welcome barn dance
The English barn dance is a regular feature of the festival and is always very popular. As well as the barn dance there is often a chance to try other forms of traditional folk dancing over the long weekend.
The main concerts on Saturday and Sunday are held in the Tenterden Club with smaller acoustic concerts, including concerts on Friday, being held in the Saddlery at The White Lion. There is a special fundraising concert on Thursday in the Town Hall.
Crafts fair, music stalls, street stalls, other stalls
The free craft fair and other stalls will be in a large marquee on The Recreation Ground, just off the High Street. The marquee will act as the venue for the popular free music and dance stages. There will also be even more street stalls in the High Street.
Sing-a-rounds and music sessions
One of the highlights of Tenterden Folk Festival for many of the participants are the numerous friendly and informal sing-a-rounds and music sessions. With a choice of four town centre pubs there is sure to be a session that suits your taste going on in at least one of these venues.
Workshops and meet the guest sessions
Tenterden Folk Festival is a charity formed to preserve and advance public education and appreciation of folk music, song, dance, crafts and traditions as part of the living heritage. Therefore we offer you a chance to “Meet” some of the guests in informal sessions. We also offer workshops where you can hear about folk related topics or traditions or improve your own skills.
Tenterden is “the Jewel of the Weald” and over the Festival weekend it has even more colour and sparkle than usual as hundreds of Morris men and women and other folk dancers take to the streets of the town centre. The majority of teams are Morris dance sides of varying styles, from the Cotswold tradition and Black-faced Border style, to clog to garland dancers. The teams you will see will be both men’s, women’s and mixed sides and come from all over England. It’s not just Morris you will see as Tenterden is regularly host to teams performing traditional dances from Scotland, Ireland, England, Slovakia and the Appalachian Mountains of North America. There is also Saturday’s popular procession along the High Street.
For full details of the festival pick up a copy of the free programme available in many places in Tenterden including Tenterden Town Hall.
Tickets are available direct from Tenterden Folk Festival, on line or from local outlets including The Gateway Plus in Ashford and Advantec IT at the Fairings in Tenterden.
The campsite will be in Morphs Field which is on the left just over the level crossing and before the Railway car park. Thanks to Mr Edwards
Photos: Lewis J Brockway
Photos Tenterden Folk Festival 2017
All Photos Tenterden Folk Festival 2016
Morris Sides and Dance Groups
Workshops, Concerts and Music Sessions
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