Tenterden Folk Festival 2007
5th to 7th October
A very special line up is being put together for the fifteenth Tenterden Folk Festival. The guest list already includes some of the best traditional English folk singers and musicians.
Steve Turner comes from a family of singers and concertina players. His grandfather is known to have sung and played the instrument in the 1890's. Steve began his own career on the Manchester folk scene at the end of the 1960s, joined the Geordie band "Canny Fettle" in 1970 and went on to make two albums and tour in Britain and Europe with them for eight years.
In 1979 Steve won the Melody Maker "Stars of the 80" National competition, which persuaded him to turn professional for 12 years until 1991. During this time he made four solo albums with Fellside Records and toured internationally. This was followed by a period of thirteen years away from the folk scene with Steve building a violin retailing business, Turner Violins, and diversifying musically into a more classical mode of music.
Folk music has a habit of getting into your blood and 2004 saw Steve make a return to the folk scene where he was warmly welcomed to the extent that he was almost immediately asked to make a fifth solo album. "The Whirligig of Time" is now in process of being recorded in John Tams' studio in Derbyshire and should be released this autumn.
Since returning to the folk scene Steve has made appearances at several festivals including Sidmouth, Whitby and Bromyard, as well as numerous folk club gigs including several in Kent.
For more details of Steve turner visit his website at http://www.steve-turner.co.uk/
Other guest at Tenterden Folk Festival 2007 include John Barden, Tom Bliss, Marian Button, Lucy Castle, Pete Castle, Peter Collins, Bob and Kathy Drage, The Drift with caller Chris Shaw, Duck Soup, Bo Foaks, The Holdstocks (USA/England), Hengest and Horsa, David Jones (USA/England),Keith Kendrick, Kausary, (Music from the Andes & Latin-American), Bob Kenward, Jali Sherrifo Konteh (The Gambia), Marsh Warblers, Dave Masterson, Sylvia Needham, Vic and Tina Smith, Andy Smythe, Ticklish Allsorts Show, Travelling Folk, Steve Turner and Trefor & Vicki Williams (Wales).
Details of the Festival, guests, accommodation and camping are now being released and also posted on our website at www.tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk.
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