From: Alan [folkspots_at_btinternet_dot_com]
Sent: 04 February 2010 14:47




Thursday 30th September to Sunday 3rd October


The plans for Tenterden Folk Festival 2010 are already taking shape and there are several exiting changes and developments. 


The first major development is that this year’s festival will start on Thursday evening and also for the first time, there will be events during the day on Friday, as well as the usual evening events, making it four days of folk song, music and dance.  On Thursday evening we will be presenting a special show in conjunction with The Sinden Theatre at Homewood SchoolWaltzers & Wonders: the Wakes is in Town features nine of Derbyshire’s finest folk performers: Ian Carter, Keith Kendrick, Sylvia Needham, Sarah Matthews, Doug Eunson, Michelle Short, John Adams, Alan Squires and Howard Mitchell.  The show is a musical journey through a fair and made a big impression at a number of large folk festivals lasts year. For more details of the show and the performers visit the shows home page at


Plans are also well advanced to relocate the craft fair and parts of the music fair and street stalls into several large marquees on the Recreation Ground on Saturday and Sunday.  This will enable us to expand the number and variety of stalls and to use the Town Hall for other festival events such as workshops, concerts or a dance.  The music showcases, previously known as “the Woolpack Stage”, will also relocate into one of these marquees.  We will still be using the Tenterden Junior School hall for the stalls selling musical instruments, CDs, and similar items.       


Festival events will again be held throughout the town including The Tenterden Club, St. Mildred’s Parish Church, the Church Hall and of course the main town centre public houses as well as the streets and coach park.  Hopefully the newly paved area outside the Town Hall will also improve the festival facilities.


Many of the guests have already been booked and will include Alchemy, Barron Brady, Capella, Pete Castle, Karen and Colin Cater, The Claque, Roy Clinging, Cross O’th Hands, Paul and Liz Davenport, Doug Euson and Sarah Matthews, Roy Harris, Keith Kendrick, Dick Miles, Sylvia Needham, Mike Nicholson, George Papavgeris, The Ram Company, The Ram Company Ceilidh Band with caller Ian Carter, Mike Silver, Barrie and Ingrid Temple, Steve Turner and the Ticklish Allsorts Show as well as festival regulars such as John Barden, Peter Collins, Les Elvin, Bo Foaks, Bob Kenward, Marsh Warblers, Adrian O’, Roger Resch, Chris Roche, Andy Smythe, Spare Parts Concertina Band, The Travelling Folk and Malcolm Ward,




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 2010, guests, accommodation and camping are now being posted on our website at


To receive our regular email updates send an email to info_at_tenterdenfolkfestival_dot_org_dot_uk with "add to festival news list" in the subject box.






Tenterden Folk Club joins forces with Folk at The Drum, with support from the White Lion, to present A special night of Irish music and STORIES with Nora Rendell & Brian Miller and Adrian O.  This very special event takes place in the Saddlery at The White Lion Hotel in Tenterden High Street at 8.00 p.m. Saturday 13th February 2010.


Vancouver singer and flute player Norah Rendell and Minnesotan guitarist Brian Miller met while living in the southwest of Ireland and studying Irish traditional music at its source.  Their performances clicked from the start and Ireland’s Munster Express wrote that their music “brings sunlight into your heart and sets your feet a dancing.”  Since returning to North America, their debut album, “Wait There Pretty One”, has earned Norah a nomination for Canadian Traditional Singer of the Year and they are fast becoming known as two of the best young interpreters of traditional music this side of the Atlantic.


Norah has performed at venues and festivals around the globe, including England, Scotland, Ireland, France, Germany, and North America as lead vocalist with Limerick band, The Outside Track.   Fred Silver of the Stornoway Gazette wrote, “Her singing left me goose-pimpled all over – a sure sign of a gutsy, emotional delivery laced with meaning and pathos”.  In 2005, Norah was awarded a grant from the Canada Council for Performing Arts to study traditional flute and singing at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick.  Since returning to North America, Norah has been featured on CBC’s Canada Live, North by Northwest and BBC Radio Nan Gaidheal.


Brian is also an accomplished singer and flute player and began playing Irish music at high school in Bemidji, Minnesota.  He has been a highly visible character in the Twin Cities Irish music scene since 1998, while often sneaking away to his other adopted home of Cork, Ireland.  As a member of a number of far-flung groups and duos including Bua, The Tommie Cunniffe Trio, The Doon Ceili Band and 5 Mile Chase, Brian has performed throughout the US, Canada and Ireland.  In Ireland he has been featured on TG4, RTE television and RTE radio.  The Irish Times called his guitar accompaniment “superb”.  Irish music critic Earle Hitchner wrote that Brian’s guitar backing “flexes not just muscle but a fully complementary style.”  


Nora and Brian are joined by Tenterden Folk Festival regular Adrian O.  Adrian is a popular Irish singer and renowned storyteller and is in great demand in folk clubs in festival in England and at home in Ireland and also frequently visits New Zealand.  


Tickets for this unique event are £7.00 on the door or £6.00 in advance from TFF or FATD.

Further information from

E: david_at_plesbit_dot_net or info_at_tenterdenfolkfestival_dot_org_dot_uk

T: David 01797 320518

Tickets also available online at




Coming soon:


Friday 19th March 2010:

Tenterden Folk Club, with support from the White Lion, presents Tom Lewis plus support

The White Lion Saddlery, High Street, Tenterden at 8.00 p.m.

Tickets £7.00 on the door or £6.00 in advance from Tenterden Folk Festival

E: info_at_tenterdenfolkfestival_dot_org_dot_uk T: 01233 626805

Tickets also available online


Tuesday 29th June 2010

Tenterden Folk Club, with support from the White Lion, presents David Jones plus support

The White Lion Saddlery, High Street, Tenterden at 8.00 p.m.

Tickets £7.00 on the door or £6.00 in advance from Tenterden Folk Festival

E: info_at_tenterdenfolkfestival_dot_org_dot_uk T: 01233 626805

Tickets also available online




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