From: Alan [folkspots_at_btinternet_dot_com]
Sent: 05 September 2009 14:30
Subject: Tenterden Folk Festival update


Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October


There are some changes and some new events at this year’s Tenterden Folk Festival but all of the popular events will take place as usual.  The Music Fair has moved to the Junior School Hall in Recreation Ground Road and has expanded to include more stalls while the popular craft fair stays in the Town Hall.  The showcase marquee, which for the last few years has been at the back of the Woolpack, has now followed the Music Fair to the Junior SchoolLes Elvin and Andy Smythe, will introduce guests in the marquee including The Andy Smythe Trio, The Buckthorn Band, Janis Haves and Nibs van der Spuy (South Africa) on Saturday and  Liz & Paul Davenport, Phil Drane and the Ticklish Allsorts Show (12.30 to 2.00 pm) for children on Sunday.  There will also be other surprise guests to be announced on the day so look out for the posters.  The Sea Songs and Shanties session has moved to the Evan’s Bar at the Tenterden Club to cope with the number of people wishing to sing their hearts out.  Band of Two will be performing a couple of sets in the bar of the Woolpack on Saturday afternoon.  Pete Collins and friends will be back in the William Caxton on Friday evening.  There are concerts in the White Lion Saddlery and Tenterden Club and sing-a-rounds and sessions in the Vine, White Lion and Woolpack as well as music and song workshops.  The Welcome Barn Dance with Geckoes will take place in the Tenterden Club on Friday evening.  The number of Morris and other folk dance teams attending the Festival over the weekend is now pushing 50 so the Town will be echoing to the sound of sticks clashing, bells ringing bells and clogs stamping.  Full details of all events and guests are to be found in the big free souvenir programme available from Tenterden Gateway, festival venues, Ashford TIC or by post in the next few days.  It is worth noting that despite the recession ticket sales are already up on this time last year and continue to sell well so don’t delay, get yours now.



The festival guest list includes some of the best know names on the English traditional folk scene such as Brian Peters.  Brian is one of the great all-rounders; a compelling singer, a top squeezebox player and a skilled guitarist. He is one of the country’s best anglo-concertina players and is just as good on melodeon on which he will be running a workshop in St Mildred’s Church Hall on Saturday.  He is also internationally-known as a singer of traditional ballads.  Brian has played most of the major folk festivals in Britain, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada, as well as touring extensively in Europe. He’s collaborated with many British and American musicians.


Another very different guest is Geoff Higginbottom who is well known on the folk scene as a big man with a big voice and an even bigger collection of traditional folk songs, mostly with sing-a-long choruses or refrains.  Geoff is also one of the three members of “Three Sheets to the Wind” and will be taking part in the popular sea songs and shanties session in the Tenterden Club on Saturday.  Details of all the other guests can also be found in the free souvenir programme.


Book now:

To buy your tickets, book your craft fair, street stall or music fair pitch or if you would like to be otherwise involved in the Festival contact us now.


Festival information:

More details of Tenterden Folk Festival 2009 guests, accommodation and camping are now being posted on our website at


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Alan Castle


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