From: Alan Castle [folkspots_at_btinternet_dot_com] on behalf of info_at_tenterdenfolkfestival_dot_org_dot_uk

Sent: 06 February 2011 16:17

Subject: TFF News Feb 11



 folk festival 2011

Thursday 29th September to Sunday 2nd October






Tenterden Folk Festival 2011 will be the 19th and following the success of last year’s event will again run over four days, starting with a concert on Thursday evening (29th September) and continuing through to the final sing late on Sunday evening (2nd October).


The venue for this year’s special Thursday evening concert will be the Assembly Rooms upstairs in the Town Hall.  The concert is sponsored by the regional folk magazine “Around Kent Folk” and will feature The Acoustic Strawbs, a trio comprising Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk.   The Straws first came to fame in the 1960s as The Strawberry Hill Boys.  More about the Straws can be found on their website at  They will be supported by Steve O’Kane and Fiona McBain as well as at least one other festival guest.  Tickets for this special  concert are already available from Kathy Drage on 01843 835694 or on line at  The festival campsite will again be available from Thursday afternoon.


2010 was the first time that we promoted a full programme of events on Friday and as that proved to be popular we intend to build further on that success this year with workshops, sing-a-rounds, concerts and of course the welcome barn dance.  The band English Rebellion will be playing for the barn dance in the Tenterden Club on Friday evening.  The band comprises Mary Humphrey and Anahata plus Mary and Nick Barber.  The dances will be called by former local and friend of the festival Bo Foaks.


The festival is a great supporter of all things Kentish and a special event this year will be The Chaucer Show with Pete Castle and Geoff Chaucer Jnr (aka Pete Morton).  The show is based on the Canterbury Tales and will be a mixture of songs, stories, music and poems and will include the stories from Miller’s Tale, the Wife of Bath’s Tale and the Pardoner’s Tale amongst others.  Pete Castle is often described as the storyteller who sings half his stories and Pete Morton is best known as a singer-songwriter.


Other festival guests already booked include Adrian O’, The Askew Sisters, Band of Two (Sponsored by The Woolpack), English Rebellion with caller Bo Foaks, John and Karen Sweeney’s Contra dance workshops, Kimbers Men, Liam Robinson, Mainbrace, Mary Humphrey and Anahata, Pete Castle, Pete Morton, Vic Ellis - one man band and the hard working regular guests who we cannot do this without including Andy Smythe Band, Bo Foaks, Bob Kenward, Chris Roche, John Barden, Malcolm Ward, Peter Collins, Roger Resche, Spare Parts Concertina Band, Travelling Folk, Vic and Tina Smith, plus many others still to be confirmed.  Not all guests are there for the whole weekend so check out the programme nearer the time.


Other events will include hundreds of Morris and other folk dancers, the popular Music Fayre in the Junior School Hall, street stalls in the High Street and crafts and stalls in a marquee on the Recreation Ground.  To avoid a reoccurrence of last year’s  problems, caused by the heavy rain and winds, we plan to hire in one large marquee which will be professionally erected in plenty of time to house a wide variety of stalls on Saturday and Sunday. 



To get your dance side or display team invited to the festival, book your craft fair, street stall or music fayre pitch, book an advert in the programme, buy your tickets, volunteer as a steward or marshal, make a donation, or to get otherwise involved in the festival contact us now.  Full weekend tickets will be available on line from


Festival information:

More details of Tenterden Folk Festival 2011, guests, accommodation and camping will be found on our website at


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