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Broadstairs Folk Week

Tim Edey
Tim Edey

There is just over a week to go until the biggest event in the Broadstairs social calendar.

As Folk Week returns for the 48th year, the usual packed programme of live music and workshops shows no sign of dwindling.

Extra police, toilets and council staff have been drafted in to avoid a repeat of the drunken disorder that marred last year’s festival, and organisers are confident that 2013’s event will be remembered for the right reasons.

In total, 529 events will take place in theatres, pubs and in the open air around Viking Bay.

There will be more than 100 free pub gigs, as well as hundreds of ticketed concerts and workshops, ranging from circus skills to Appalachian Clog Dancing, and the ever-popular children’s Hobby Horse Club.

Local-boy-made-good Tim Edey will be making his regular appearance, this year on Friday night, in the final closing concert.

Tim was born and brought up in Broadstairs and has been attending the festival since childhood.

Now regarded as one of the finest folk musicians of his generation, his success was recognised last year when he picked the BBC Radio 2 Folk Musician of the Year Award, and the Best Folk Duo with harmonica virtuoso Brendan Power.

Tim has toured every country in Europe as melodeon player with the German based dance troupe Magic of the Dance and world champion dancer Michael Donnellan.

He has composed a track for Sharon Shannon, Little Bird, appears on the ground breaking album Wired by Michael McGoldrick, has been resident guitarist for an Irish folk dance show on board cruise ships in Scandinavia, and has played gigs with a wide range of popular and up-and-coming folk artists.

The opening night Marquee concert is always popular, and this year the main attraction will be Celtic superstars Capercaillie, who have spent 30 years bringing the traditional music of their homeland, Argyll in Scotland, to a worldwide audience.

The band have sold more than a million albums, toured in 30 countries, had a top 40 single and even appeared in the Hollywood blockbuster Rob Roy.

The traditional torchlight procession has this year been replaced with a Big Parade, which will start at 5.30pm on Saturday (August 10) and will travel down the High Street to the bandstand in Victoria Gardens. Victoria Gardens will also play host to the craft fair, which sees musical instruments, clothing, jewellery and other items on sale from all over the world.

A full festival programme is available from various outlets around the town, priced at £5.50.

Tickets are available by calling 01843 604080.

Leaflets will be issued to residents and businesses in the run up to the festival to advise on the changes brought in to alleviate anti-social behaviour.

The event, which has been held in the town every year since 1965, boosts the local economy by an estimated £2.3m a year.

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