Tuesday, 10 June 2014

FolkEast 2014 is launched

Performers, craftspeople and artists were welcomed to the Glemham Hall in Suffolk to celebrate the official launch of FolkEast 2014.

This year the festival features live music from bands and artists including:
  • BELLOWHEAD
  • BLOWZABELLA
  • CRUEL FOLK
  • THE BROADSIDE BOYS
  • BLACKBEARD’S TEA PARTY 
  • FAY HIELD & THE HURRICANE PARTY 
  • PETER KNIGHT’S GIGSPANNER
  • LISA KNAPP 
  • KISS THE MISTRESS 
  • THE YOUNG’UNS
  • FALSE LIGHTS 
  • THE WILL POUND BAND 
  • MISHAPED PEARLS 
  • O’HOOLEY & TIDOW 
  • MICHAEL CHAPMAN 
  • JOSIENNE CLARKE & BEN WALKER

The launch kicked off in the great hall with a introduction from John Marshall-Potter, producer and co-founder of FolkEast: "As we enter our third year, FolkEast is really starting to take shape. We are immensely proud we have been able to secure False Lights for their first live public performance and to announce our inaugural festival patrons, The Young'uns.

"Our concept is genuinely local: over time we aim to source all of our infrastructure and suppliers from East Anglia. We are also able to champion the best of the region's talent, such as The Broadside Boys and Tilly Dalglish. However, we are ambitious enough to put on an event that will appeal to a national audience by attracting some of the biggest names on the circuit."

FolkEast is working closely with Major Hope-Cobbold and the team at Glemham Hall and the festival is timed around the seasonal requirements of the grounds staff. The Major will be opening his doors to festival-goers on the mornings of Friday 15th and Sunday 17th August and head gardener, Steve Coghill, will also offer guided tours of the grounds. 
 
Dhol Foundation Workshop playing at 2013's FolkEast
Jim Moray and Sam Carter of False Lights took to the stage to preview the video for “Crossing The Bar", the final track of their self-titled EP. The Sci-Fi inspired promo takes the Tennyson poem into space with Kubrick-tinged psychedelic effects that belay the fact it was developed entirely by Jim in his spare time - and for under £100!  

Commenting on this year's festival, Sam Carter, said: "No other festival would have the faith to give what is essentially an unproven band a headline slot, especially one that makes such a hell of a din! It's a bigger sound than either of us have made before and we're really looking forward to be able to debut it to a live audience of this scale."

Celebrations then moved on to a marquee in the gardens where guests were invited to preview a selection of the gourmet delights that will be on offer at David Grimwood's new concept, the Imagined Suffolk Food Village. The Cobbold festival ale and David's legendary pigeon burgers were highlights and guests were entertained by John Ward, producer of the Broad Roots stage, with his band.
  
FolkEast 2014 will take place from 15th to 17th August. For more information about the festival and its fringe events, visit http://www.folkeast.co.uk/



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