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Sent: 17 June 2012 14:04

Subject: Tenterden Folk Festival NEWS


Festival update:

TENTERDEN FOLK FESTIVAL promoting folk song, music and dance

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The 20th Tenterden Folk Festival

Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th October 2012


You may think that we have been very quiet of late, but we have been busy making plans for a very special 20th Tenterden Folk Festival that runs from Thursday 4th to Sunday 7th October.
Public events start on Thursday evening with a special fundraising concert in the Town Hall organised by Kathy and Bob Drage.  The headline guests will be the acclaimed Acoustic Strawbs and support acts include Steve O'Kane and Fiona McBane.  All profits will go towards the festival and tickets are already selling fast.
Nearly 50 Morris sides and other folk dance display teams have already signed up to attend the Festival this year including sides from Kent, Sussex, Medway, London, Surrey, and Essex.  Some are regular visitors to Tenterden but there are also a number of sides paying their first visit to the Festival.  Additional colour is added by international dancers including Appalachian and Slovakian. There is still space for a few more teams to join the list so we are assured of a record number of teams joining the displays.
We have made several improvements to the logistics of the Festival including some changes to the procession at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday.  This year the dancers will gather in the High Street between the War Memorial and Tenterden Gateway (Library) and process along the High Street to Recreation Ground Road where they will proceed down the road before turning on to the Recreation Ground.  We are also adding a new dance stage on the Recreation Ground which should be available all day Saturday and Sunday.  These changes will give more people the chance to see the free dance displays and procession and will also free up The Coach Park for public parking.  The Marquee on the Rec' will again be used for craft stalls, bar and food outlets as well as the music Showcases which have proved so popular we have guests lining up to get a slot. 
All the town centre pub's will again be involved in the festival including The White Lion, The William Caxton, The Vine and the recently reopened Woolpack.  We are also talking to a couple of local caf? restaurants and expect that they will also be involved.   All the other usual venues will be in use including The Town Hall, Tenterden Club, Church Hall and the Junior School.  The vicar of St Mildred's has even asked us to provide some a guest for the Harvest Festival service on the Sunday.
Despite outside funding being harder than ever to obtain we still have good support from both Ashford Borough Council and Tenterden Town Council and other local organisations and businesses.  Also the festival has established an excellent reputation with performers and these factors have meant that, despite the financial pressures, we have put together a guest list that we extremely pleased with.  This includes a mixture of old friends of the festival and guests making there first visit to the Festival.    We also have some excellent special events including a performance of "The Short Sharp Shanties Show" and as far as I am aware Tenterden will be the only Festival that is able to include the show on is programme this year.  More details of guests and special events is being posted on our website at
Full weekend tickets and camping passes are already on sale directly from us, or from our usual outlets including Tenterden and Ashford Gateways, Right Track Music and on line  from We Got Tickets at  Single event tickets for events such as the Friday barn dance and a variety of concerts will be on sale in due course.  The free souvenir programme and full details of all the events over the weekend will be available in August.
One thing which is beyond our control is of course the weather, but do you remember last year?  Hot, sunny and dry with events moved out of some of the pub bars into the grdens!

Guests, dance sides and special events for 2012
Guests so far:
The Acoustic Strawbs (Thurday evening concert)
Brian Peters, Chris Sarjeant, The Climax Ceilidh Band with caller Nick Walden, Graeme Knights, Jackie Oates (*SSS), Jeff Warner (USA), Jim Causley and Richard Trethewey, Jody Kruskal (USA), The Keelers (Jim Magean, Peter Wood, George Unthank & Alan Fitztsimmons), Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham, Nic Dow, Pete Castle, Rude Albert, Sara Grey (USA), Steve Turner, Swinging The Lead (Peter Brooker, Brian Withstandley, Stephen Skey, Joe Whittaker & Dave Webb), Tom and Barbara Brown, Plus more to be confirmed

Marquee and Showcase guests include:
Abbie Broom, Andy Smythe Band, Bedlam Boys, Captain Patch, Coco and the Butterfields, Dennis Homes, Frankie the Gambler, Green Diesel, Heather Knights, Highworth School Folk Band, The Jones Boys, Luke Jackson, Na Mara, Nina Clark, Old Country Crows, Pierre Vincent, Sally Ironmonger, Simon Stanley-Ward, Stuart Forester and a few more still to confirm
And the hard working regular guests who we cannot do this without including:
Adrian O, Bo Foaks, Bob Kenward, Chris Roche, John Barden, John and Karen Sweeney, Malcolm Ward, The Marsh Warblers, Peter Collins, Roger Resch, Spare Parts Concertina Band, Steve O'Kane and Fiona McBain, Sue Watson, Travelling Folk, Vic and Tina Smith and Vic Ellis's One Man Band

Some of the above are still subject to contract. Not all guests are there for the whole weekend.  *SSS Short Sharp Shanties show only ~ see below 
Dance sides and display teams confirmed include:

Bacchus Border Morris, Bishop Gundulph Morris, Boughton Monchelsea Morris, Bow n Bells, Chingford Morris Men, Dead Horse Morris, Doodle Oak Clog Morris, East Kent morris Men, Gong Scourers Manic Morris, Hands Around Morris, Hannah's Cats, Hunters Moon Morris, Invicta Morris, Kent Korkers, Kits Koty Morris, Knockhundred Shuttles, Loose Women, Mad Jacks Morris, Maenads, Marling Morris, Men of Wight Morris, Minster Mayhems, Morena Slovak Dancer Company, Offcumdums, Oojah Kappivvy, Pork Scratchings, Priory Morris, Rampant Roosters Morris, Ravensbourne Morris, Royal Liberty Morris, St Clements Clog, Tanglefoot Appalachian, Tonbridge Morris, USO Dancers, Victory Morris, Wadard, Wantsum Morris, West Hill Morris, Wolfsheah and Vixen, Woodchurch Morris Men, Wicked Belly Morris, Wicked Brood Morris, Woodvale International Folk Dance Group 
We have set a limit of 60 teams this year so please contact us as soon as possible if your dance side, display team, etc. would like to an invitation. 
Special Events include:
Short Sharp Shanties Show A special show featuring the songs of John Short, aka "Yankee Jack", of Watchet in Somerset who in 1914 gave the folk song collector Cecil Sharp nearly sixty shanties including several rare versions.  John spent over fifty years working in sailing boats, much of his younger days in deep water ships, sailing all around the world as a shantyman.  He was born in 1839; went to sea with his father when he was nine and moved to the deep sea at eighteen, married and retired from the deep water trade in his mid thirties and died in 1933.  Full details of the Short Sharp Shanties project can be found on Tom and Barbara's web site.
Three CDs of new recordings of John Short's shanties are available from Wild Goose Records.
The show features guests including Doug Bailey, Jackie Oates, Jeff Warner, Keith Kendrick and Tom & Barbara Brown.

Other special events include;
Exhibition to celebrate 20 years of Tenterden Folk Festival - Easter to October 2012
The Acoustic Strawbs (Thurday evening concert) 
Welcome barn dance with Climax Ceilidh Band ~ Friday evening
Music showcases in the marquee ~ Saturday and Sunday
Dance displays on the NEW dance stage ~ Saturday and Sunday
Sea Songs and Shanties session ~ Saturday
Plus concerts, folk club, sing-a-rounds, music sessions, workshops, dance displays, procession, crafts and stalls, street stalls, music stalls and much more.

Details of this year's festival can now be found at

Alan Castle
Festival Director

Sara Grey

Sara Grey from the USA joins us for the weekend.


The Climax Ceilidh Band play for the Friday evening Barn Dance in the Tenterden Club.

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