TENTERDEN FOLK FESTIVAL 2009
Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October
There will be something for all the family at the 17th Tenterden Folk Festival which takes place from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th October.
For the children
Ticklish Allsorts will, by
popular demand from children and parents, be on hand on both Saturday and Sunday
to entertain the younger festival goers. On Saturday their shows will take
place in St Mildred’s Church Hall in
Other festival goers will prefer to find one of the lunchtime or evening sing-a-rounds or music sessions in the Woolpack, White Lion, Vine, William Caxton or Tenterden Club and either join in singing the traditional English and contemporary folk songs, or get out their guitars, accordions, melodeons, fiddles, drums, bones, etc. and join in the tunes being played by the crowds of musicians who will be there from Friday evening to late Sunday night. These events are very much participatory but you will also be made welcome if you just want to come along and listen.
There will also be those whose main interest is the hundreds of Morris dancers attending the Festival with 50 sides expected at its peak on Saturday. These will include men’s sides, women’s sides and some mixed sides and take in all the various styles of Morris including Cotswold, Border, Molly, clog and garland, as well as Appalachian, Scottish and Slovakian dancers. One of the many highlights for the general public will be the procession on Sunday which will include most of the dancers present so could involve nearly 1,000 people. Many of the dancers will be staying on for Sunday as well.
More formal events include
barn dance, concerts and folk club as well as craft fair, street stalls and
music fair. There are also numerous workshops and we offer a chance to
“Meet” some of the guests in informal sessions to have a chat, ask a few
questions and hear a few songs or tunes. We also offer participatory
workshops where you can hear about folk related topics or improve your own
skills. This year’s workshops will, amongst others, include a harmony
workshop with Craig, Morgan, Robson, a workshop with
Ticket sales are up on previous years but it is not too late to buy your tickets, book your craft fair, street stall or music fair pitch.
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