The town and seafront is a hive of activity as the festival fills the streets with a celebratory atmosphere – lively music, dance and song everywhere you go. Happy holiday makers and festival goers mingle along the action-packed esplanade…and festival venues are full to brim with smiling faces.
The HUB – the main performance area for the festival - centres on the Ham, with a major concert venue featuring three successful daily events. On Thursday night, The Big Chris Barber Band came marching in – delighting the crowds at The Ham Marquee with their smouldering brand of trad jazz and blues.
On Friday, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house as the acclaimed children’s author Michael Morpurgo brought us his moving First World War story War Horse complete with haunting songs from songmakers John Tams and Barry Coope. The evening saw a sell-out show with local heroes Show Of Hands.
Black Umfolosi brought their own sunshine with them on Saturday afternoon – getting full audience participation with their unbridled sense of fun and energy, rich harmonies and impressive dance moves. The evening saw Ireland’s premier traditional band Dervish get us in the mood for the other Celtic headliners later in the week (Fri 10th 7.30pm with Donal Lunny, Padraig Rynne and Sylvain Barou.
Elsewhere around the town the buzz continues… with ceilidhs, informal concerts, roots parties, children’s festival events, Shooting Roots youth events, social dancing, workshops galore….and much, much more.
Major concerts still to come throughout the week at comfortable concert venue The Ham Marquee and roots party zone The Bulverton Festival Clubhouse:
Nectar-voiced singer of Imagined Village fame.
Norma Waterson & Eliza Carthy
with The Gift Band
A welcome return to singing from folk’s first lady!
Feel-good festival favourites with their own special brand of roots reggae.
A brass-rich wall of sound featuring folk heavyweights, Martin Carthy & John Kirkpatrick.
Spiers & Boden
Perennial favourites Bellowhead frontmen in a winning combination.
Mighty eleven piece Celtic supergroup
3.15pm Mick Ryan’s Folk Opera
The Pauper’s Path To Hope
Martin Simpson Trio
Diamond-fingered guitarist and singer with some very special guests: June Tabor, Dick Gaughan, Jon Boden and Fay Hield.
Must Come Down - Morris Offspring
A morris spectacular fit for an Olympiad, bringing together the best young people that the tradition has to offer in a display of power and grace.
Archie Fisher • Dick Gaughan
Two mighty oaks of the tradition from Scotland
June Tabor & Oysterband
Award-winning union of two giants of the folk scene.
Jason Wilson Band
Canadian roots reggae with special guests
Dave Swarbrick and Dick Gaughan.
3.15pm Crucible Trio
A capella harmonies from the English tradition
Donal Lunny, Padraig Rynne & Sylvain Barou
Bringing together a legend of the Irish music tradition with two young master musicians
Established dance band with a fresh-sounding concert set
Come and join us!
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