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Deal Maritime Folk Festival 15-18 Sept

Press Release

Benefit showcase at Astor to support the Folk Festival

The great Bayou Seco are returning to the Astor in a benefit for Deal Maritime Folk Festival on Friday the 27th May

Ken Keppeler and Jeanie McLerie, AKA Bayou Seco have spent a lifetime soaking up the traditional music of Louisiana, New Mexico and Arizona. Using a simple line up of fiddle, accordion, banjo and guitar they take their audience on a musical odyssey through the American southwest, performing and reinvigorating long forgotten songs and dances with wit, warmth and style. Their love-affair with the folk traditions of the southwest has already lasted thirty years, and it’s still going strong. Deal is store for real hoe-down treat on the 27th May.



Ray Fielder, one of the festival organisers said “Thanks to great support from the Astor and local promoters we are hoping to stage a number of ‘showcase’ events over the next few months to help fund this year’s festival. The September festival is looking good with a line up that includes a rich mix of world music, traditional and new folk. Already confirmed are : Kimber’s Men, Nuru Kane, Martha Tilson, Brendan Power & Billy Ebeling, Alan Prosser, Nick Wyke and Rebecca Driscoll, Happy Trails & Kay Anderson as well all the local favourites, pub singarounds and the mass morris dance.”


On Saturday 21st May the festival is staging the second of its mini-fest busking session at the town hall undercroft between 9am to 2pm to raise money for the festival. A long list of local bands are supporting including Ramblin Boys, Driftwood, Loose Change Theory, Ravenhill, Bill Howeth & Mac Mckean, Mike Broomfield and Steve Carey.


Tickets are available at the Astor or Soundhouse - £10 in advance or £12 on the door and students £7. Full details at

More details of festival can be found at or the Festival’s fackbook page


Notes to Editors:

‘Deal Maritime Folk Festival’ has been running in many guises since 1996. This year it is organised by an ad hoc group of local performers and town venues. The Festival runs between the 15 & 16th September 2011 –