Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Fairport's Cropredy Convention hit by extended road closure

Revised traffic plan will minimise disruption but delays still possible

A road closure due to late-running engineering work threatens to delay festival-goers attending Fairport's Cropredy Convention festival. The event takes place on 11, 12 and 13 August and the organisers have today (27 July 2011) announced a traffic management plan to minimise disruption.

In March 2011, the Environment Agency and Northamptonshire County Council closed a two-mile stretch of the A361 road as part of the Banbury flood relief scheme. The section of road between Williamscot and Junction 11 of the M40 was due to re-open in July but will not now be ready until October.

The closed section of road is used annually by thousands of music fans heading from the M40 motorway to the festival site between Williamscot and Cropredy villages. This year, however, festival-goers are being asked to use alternative routes.

A traffic management plan has been agreed between Fairport's Cropredy Convention organisers and local authorities, police, and highways officials. It contains details of diversionary routes and other travel advice. These routes and information are published on the Fairport Convention website. The organisers are also emailing customers who have tickets to the three day event.

Gareth Williams, Festival Director, says: "The festival will go ahead as usual but people should allow more time for their journey. For the latest updates, we advise people to keep an eye on or check Facebook and Twitter for updates."

"Most of our festival-goers arrive during Thursday morning," adds Mr Williams, "so that's when possible delays are most likely."

"Although we strongly advise people to avoid using M40 Junction 11, the approach to Cropredy on the A361 from the Daventry direction is not affected by the closure. So we suggest people who are coming up the M40 from the south leave at Junction 10 (Cherwell Valley Services) and travel via Towcester and Daventry. People coming from the north can leave the M40 at Junction 12 (Gaydon) and travel via Southam and Daventry."

"Our traffic plan is intended to get people on site as quickly as possible," says Mr Williams. "It also aims to reduce inconvenience to neighbouring residents and minimise disruption to local traffic. So we're asking everyone to stick to 'A' roads rather than clog up country lanes and to avoid looking for rat runs through the neighbouring villages."

Monday, 18 July 2011

FolkCast nominated for a European Podcast Award

For the third year running, FolkCast has been nominated for a European Podcast Award, sponsored by Olympus Audio Systems.

The European Podcast Award (EPA) covers all kinds of podcasts in any language from anywhere in Europe, and is divided into four classes: Personality, Non-profit (for universities, clubs and other non-profit organisations), Business (for companies and commercial senders), and Professional (for radio and TV stations or publishing houses). FolkCast has been nominated in the Personality class.

EPA is organised by the Initiative Europea Podcast Awards, who say: "The awards are for audio podcasts which are meaningful, original and popular, and of course are made in Europe."

Phil Widdows, presenter and producer of FolkCast, said: "It's great that FolkCast is being recognised on a European level as our show is downloaded right across the Continent, and indeed all around the world. 

"I'd like to thank all our contributors, my co-presenter Ken Nicol and especially Babba and Dave Alton for their brilliant features which really help us stand out. It's easy enough to just play music, but we've always wanted to do more than that and their features - The Story Behind The Song and Folk Lore-eate poetry - add so much to our shows."

Please click on this link to vote for FolkCast in the awards: VOTE!

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Friday, 15 July 2011

July show is out now!


The July 2011 edition of the regular FolkCast podcast is out now, featuring some exclusive new music you won't have heard elsewhere, plus lots of the greatest new releases that you probably won't have heard elsewhere.

We've music from: Luke Jackson - Reg Meuross - Hilary James - George Wilson - Chris Ricketts - Kate Doubleday - The Hare And The Moon - Billy Bragg - Nigel Brown - Thursday's Child - Findlay Napier & The Bar Room Mountaineers.
Babba's Story Behind The Song explains the meaning of The Bonnie Bunch Of Roses, as sung by Nic Jones. And our folk lore-eate, Dave Alton, tells the tale of The Fatfield Worm, something that even the early bird would have had trouble swallowing.

Find out more and listen to or download the show for free at: