Sunday, 28 July 2013

FolkStock - a festival for the equinox

Folkstock is a new one-day family-friendly acoustic music festival at Aldenham Country Park in Hertfordshire on Saturday September 21st.

It is the flagship event of the Folkstock Arts Foundation, a new Community Interest Company which has been set up by Helen Meissner to provide acoustic musicians with marketing, mentoring and masterclasses and it has iconic fiddle player, Dave Swarbrick as Patron. 

Folkstock Acoustic Festival was borne out of a desire to showcase as many strands of acoustic, folk and roots music in one joyous event on the autumn equinox, which is September 21st 2013. We aim to promote artists to the public and the music industry and offer a credible showcase for recently signed or emerging folk, roots and acoustic acts as well as a vehicle for entertaining the community via live music and associated activities to aid creativity and self expression.  You are assured of catchy and beguiling songs, harmonies to melt into and stunning lyrics. All performed to virtuoso level with inspiring dedication.

Folkstock has a mission to be an 'old fashioned' and relaxed family day out, with the additional bonus of being a joyous fusion of many different strands of acoustic, folk and roots music, with over 70 artists, half of which are from the local area. Ranging from BBC award winning artists and those who have sessioned on Bob Harris's BBC Radio 2 shows, through to local artists who are being offered their first festival slots and everything in between. You may not have heard of most of them, although you will be left wondering why as they are so good ! This festival will be a stepping stone for the many unsigned independent musicians and I am sure that most will go on to gain the recognition and boost they need to break into the national consciousness.

Folkstock Acoustic Festival will incorporate two main stages and two tented stages of acoustic, folk and roots music. It will have BBC award winning performers alongside emerging local acts as well as old fashioned stalls, ceilidhs, morris dancing, arts and crafts in a friendly supportive  environment.
There are also areas dedicated to specialist interests such as local breweries and real ale, foodie treats and pop up street vendors who cook to order, champions of organic and sustainable living as well as activities for children and dancing, songwriting and ukulele workshops and sessions in the bar for all.

As you can see, there will be an array of gorgeous music, delicious food, crafty stalls, community interest groups, dancing, singing and drinking! Childrens' activities and entertainment means your charges needs will be able to be accommodated ( under your watchful eye) buying you goodwill to indulge your musical tastes.
The two main stages will incorporate a range of acoustic, folk and roots music, with the Main Stage being for more traditional folk performers and the other being for Alternative Folk. Alt Folk means they are slightly more cross genre and often using folk related instruments, but  incorporating rock, pop, electronic and contemporary influences which are very on trend at the moment and it is immediately accessible music with strong hooks, choruses and lyrics, delivered with professionalism and passion.

The 'Turn up the Sun Stage', run by talented and award winning musician Marina Florance, will be providing a stimulating and jaw dropping selection of guitar, ukulele, fiddle and double bass wielding artists who are all gathering momentum and respect across the country. Catch them here while you can!
The ‘Folkstock Presents’ stage is going to be offering a range of quality solo acoustic musicians, who are engaging and committed performers, who all write and perform their own material, to an exceptionally high level. For some of them this is their first festival but they are all experienced performers and we can't wait to see the day unfold.
There will be a supportive, inclusive atmosphere and an area for seated appreciation of the music. This tented stage will benefit from tables and chairs for people who wish to get away from the madding crowd and enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake ( which will be available nearby ) before heading back out into the festival's fray.

Tickets are for sale via the website -

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