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'Folk music by the sea' is the big selling point for a coastal music bash that has been drawing crowds since 1965.
Broadstairs Folk Week, which starts on Friday, August 8, boasts some of the biggest acts on the UK folk scene.
Ten years ago a raw talent by the name of Seth Lakeman made his debut there before best-selling albums took him into the mainstream. Now the Devon singer is used to filling 1,000-seater halls around the country. A Seth Lakeman song has even featured in an episode of Coronation Street, being played in the background of the Rover’s Return!
Seth is back on the Isle of Thanet to give a concert on Sunday, August 10, at the Concert Marquee in Pierremont Park at 7.30pm.
Other headliners include Scottish supremo Dick Gaughan, while Steeleye Span’s Peter Knight pitches up with his own band Gigspanner. Folk award winner Bella Hardy, vocal harmonists the Moulettes and the Urban Folk Quartet will all have their turn to rock the 600-seater marquee, which will hold events every afternoon and evening throughout the festival.
Broadstairs Folk Week puts on plenty of free offerings for musicians, singers, dancers and families as well as the ticketed events.
The bandstand, Victoria Gardens, the promenade and the jetty all come alive with folk music and dance, as morris men and women, buskers, ukulele players and sea shanty groups descend on the town. Other diverse venues including pubs, restaurants, cafes, the Crampton Museum, Queens Road Baptist Centre and Broadstairs Sailing Club make up the variety of venues that host some 500 different activities during the week.
At the bandstand there is a non-stop programme of family-based, free entertainment throughout the week.
Arts and handicrafts go hand-in-hand with the folk tradition, so the festival would not be complete without the stalls in Victoria Gardens selling musical instruments, clogs, festival designer-wear and food.
There are plenty of opportunities to learn new skills and to polish existing ones under the guidance of musical experts at Broadstairs Folk Week.
A spoon orchestra workshop rehearses during the week for a final concert on Friday, August 15, whilst banjo players, hurdy gurdy wannabees and even fans of techno and electronic music all have specific lessons on offer. Most of these take place each morning at the Charles Dickens School, which is the hub for season ticket holders and campers.
Visit www.broadstairsfolkweek.org.uk/workshops or call 01843 604080 for specific workshop information.
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