Now in its ninth year, Bath Folk Festival runs from 11th – 19th August 2018 and presents great opportunities for players and listeners alike.
The festival features concerts, lively pub and café sessions, storytelling, dance and the popular Bath Traditional Music Summer School, where students learn traditional music for five days under the tuition of a team of respected players.
This year’s line-up reflects many traditions and cultures. Artists include the pioneering Irish guitarist John Doyle, travelling troubadour Rory McLeod, Swedish vocal quartet Åkervinda, acclaimed Irish singer Alan Burke, the highly anticipated new duo John Dipper and David Malkin, and festival favourites Beth Porter and the Availables. The festival will also host performances by Georgia Lewis, Wes Robinson, Johnny Coppin, Kevin Brown, Louise Jordan, The Bookshop Band, Matt Tighe, Tad Sargent, Nasrudin, Tom Moore, Archie Churchill Moss, and many more. The festival is delighted to welcome back the talented young musicians from Ards Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, an award winning dynamic youth music and dance troupe from Bangor in Northern Ireland, who will be performing a free concert at Green Park Brasserie with Bath Folk Youth Band.
The Bath Traditional Summer School will feature new classes in tenor banjo and mandolin, singing and Irish dancing, in addition to the ever-popular fiddle, flute, piano accordion, guitar classes. Tutors include Karen Tweed, Catriona MacDonald, Rachel Cross, Gabi Maas, Gerry Hegarty, Katherine Mann, Claire Watts, Tom Kimber and Rebecca Hills. The Summer School welcomes players and dancers of all standards – from novices looking to get a solid grounding to experienced players looking to sharpen their skills.
Bath Folk Festival celebrates all flavours of traditional music, from English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh music to Americana, gypsy jazz, French, bluegrass, Balkan, world folk and more. Whatever your taste, there will be something for you in Bath between Saturday 11th – Sunday 19th August 2018.
For more information visit http://bathfolkfestival.org