Thursday, 24 September 2015

Summer's end sees start of winter folk festivals

If your idea of what a folk festival is all about features a muddy field, a leaky tent or suffering sunburn while watching morris dancers collapse of heatstroke - think again!

Folk festivals are no longer just a summer excursion. Winter festivals are an increasingly important part of the scene, combining music with a mini-break.

The daddy of all the winterfests might well be Celtic Connections. It’s certainly the biggest, and longest, with a dizzying array of music in Glasgow, filling the city for 18 days every January, but there’s an ever-expanding range of festivals across Britain that bridge the gap between Halloween and May Day with great live music.

The latest addition to the roster is the Ilfracombe Folk, Roots & World Music Festival, which makes its debut in the North Devon resort’s John Fowler Holiday Park in November.

Perhaps inspired by the Great British Folk Festival (which will be filling Butlin’s east coast Skegness holiday camp once again in December this year), the Ilfracombe Folk, Roots & World Music Festival combines comfortable, modern holiday accommodation with some of the best in folk, with some of the biggest names in the genre sharing the bill with exciting alternative bands, classic singers, and up-and-coming stars.

Day one of the three day festival will be headlined by three founding members of Oysterband - Ian Teller, John Jones and Alan Prosser - under the name Oysters 3. Day 2 will see Barbara Dickson getting back to her folk roots in the headline spot, and Day 3 is topped off by the legendary Fairport Convention.

Oysters 3
Other confirmed artists include: Crossharbour, Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker, Julie Felix, Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman, and Coco & The Butterfields.

Tickets are on sale now.

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