Saturday 24 October 2020: Wren Music Folk Festival 2020: Although we cannot gather in person this year, we can still enjoy, share and make music together! Join us for a variety of workshops and concerts from 10am to 10pm. You can choose to join as much of the programme as you like. The festival includes:
- 10.00am-11.15am Workshop for singers with Lucky Moyo
- 11.30am-12.45pm Folk Band Workshop with Paul Sartin
- 1.00pm-2.50pm Sing Around with Paul Wilson & Sarah Owen
- 1.00pm-2.50pm Tune Session with Malcolm Woods & Jon Dyer
- 3.00pm-5.00pm A full afternoon concert by Wren Musicians
- 5.30pm-6.30pm Ale&Cake Takeover
- 7.00pm-9.00pm Full evening concert with Jim Causley, Paul Sartin, Rosa Rebecka
- 9.00pm-10.00pm End of day ’Farewell Folk Club’ Hosted by Marylin Tucker
All workshops are free to attend and will be hosted on Zoom. Full concerts are also free to watch and will be broadcast on YouTube. Plus, we'll be premiering Wren Music’s online community performance of The Cutty Wren. With each singer and player filming themselves in their own home, they come together virtually for this special arrangement. Concerts will be broadcast live on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/wrentec - watch via computer, phone or a smart TV. The full festival programme and details about how to join each session are available on the Facebook Event page. The Wren Music Team looks forward you joining them - see Facebook.
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Monday 31 August 2020: ‘Folk on Foot, Front Room Festival 3’ from 2.00pm via Folk on Foot YouTube Channel or Facebook page – direct to your front room. Another amazing virtual folk festival on Bank Holiday Monday. Folk on Foot Festival 3: ‘Together Again’ will re-unite musicians who haven’t been able to play together during the lockdown. They will film a series of 30 minute sets in spectacular or quirky locations and we’ll put them together into a show lasting over 6 and a half hours. Give your support to musicians who’ve lost their livelihoods during the coronavirus lockdown. The line-up comprises:
14.00: opening; 14.03; 16.35; 17.45; 19.08: the festival ‘House Band’ - Nancy Kerr, Martin Simpson and Andy Cutting; 14.07: Rachel Newton and Lauren MacColl; 14.34: Show of Hands (Steve Knightley and Phil Beer); 15.10: Sam Lee and his band; 15.45: Kris Drever, John McCusker and Phil Cunningham; 16.10: Lady Nade, Kit Hawes and Aaron Catlow; 16.40: Peggy Seeger with her sons Neill and Calum MacColl; 17.12: The Breath (Rioghnach Connolly and Stuart McCallum); 17.50: Johnny Flynn and his band; 18.28: Eliza Carthy and David Delarre; 19.12: Julie Fowlis, Éamon Doorley and Duncan Chisholm; 19.44: Spiers and Boden; 20.20: Karine Polwart, Steven Polwart and Inge Thomson; 20.50: close.
Donate to make it happen: Half the money raised will go to the charity Help Musicians – which supports musicians undergoing financial hardship – and the other half will be divided equally between the artists who take part in the festival. Music is hugely important in lifting our spirits and salving our souls in these troubling times, so please make a donation to support the talented people who create it. For more information on how to watch (and donate) see: https://www.folkonfoot.com/festival and Facebook. Recordings from the event will be available as podcasts via the website - www.folkonfoot.com/. .
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Saturday 1 August and Sunday 2 August 2020: Online Sidmouth Folk Festival: Plans are coming together for a memorable online festival. Central to it will be four hour ‘live’ shows from a secret location in Sidmouth on Saturday 1st August and Sunday 2nd August from 5-9pm. Hosted by Matthew Crampton and Kitty Macfarlane, the shows will feature live appearances by Steve Knightley and Jim Causley and specially recorded performances by Martin Simpson, Brighde Chaimbeul, Jez Lowe, Talisk, Yves Lambert, Ewan McLennan, Jackie Oates & John Spiers, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage, Cohen Braithwaite- Kilcoyne and many more. See: sidmouthfolkfestival.co.uk/get-ready-for-sidmouth-folk-festival-online/
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Saturday 1 February 2020: Concert with Harbottle & Jonas at 7.30pm in St Petroc’s Church. Dave Harbottle and Freya Jonas are a husband and wife duo who combine the rich traditions of folk music with original songwriting and contemporary interpretations through a blend of closely intertwined vocal harmonies and compelling and authentic musical arrangements, blending concertina, harmonium, banjo, cittern, stomp box and acoustic guitar. Having become national names on the folk scene, they are now South Brent residents. They will be playing on this occasion as a trio, with Annie Baylis-Gray bringing an extra dimension with beautiful vocal harmonies and fiddle playing. St Petroc’s Church is delighted to host this concert in aid of church funds and features in the duo’s latest music video recorded in the church. Tickets at £7 /£5 will be available from artworks in South Brent, or from Guy and Cathie Pannell. See: www.harbottleandjonas.com/.
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