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Tenterden Folk Festival with four days of folk song, music, dance and tradition

One of the biggest events of the year will fill the streets of Tenterden with music and merriment this week.

The Tenterden Folk Festival kicks off on Thursday, October 3, bringing four days of folk song, music, dance, crafts and tradition.

Tenterden Folk Festival is back this weekend
Tenterden Folk Festival is back this weekend

There will be around 60 dance display teams and morris sides attending, with a festival procession along the High Street on the Saturday.

Street stalls will also line the lower High Street and street entertainers will be out and about, while there will also be concerts, a barn dance, sing-a-rounds, music sessions and workshops.

Among the diverse mix of performers new to this year's festival will be six piece a cappella group Broomdasher, Canadian musician Dan MacKinnon; young ceilidh band Foot Down, Portsmouth Shantymen, singer songwriter Stan Graham from York and award winning duo Will Pound and Eddy Jay.

Morris sides will dance in the Tenterden streets Picture: Paul Amos
Morris sides will dance in the Tenterden streets Picture: Paul Amos

Festival favourites being welcomed back include Dick Miles, Keith Kendrick and Sylvia Needham, Mike Wilson and Damien Barber, Notts Alliance, and Pete Castle and Tom Lewis along with local acts.

There will be large marquees on the Recreation Ground with a craft fair and other stalls as well as a free music stage and dance stage.

Performers playing on the free music stage include Ashford Folk, Open Water, Rattlebag and the Stone Cherries while Direction Corsiars from Belgium will be busking in the street and United Folk Orchestra will play in St Mildred's Church. Younger folk singers, musicians and dancers will also be performing.

Woodchurch Morris at last year's festival Picture: Paul Amos
Woodchurch Morris at last year's festival Picture: Paul Amos

DETAILS

Tenterden Folk Festival runs from Thursday, October 3 until Sunday, October 6 at venues across the town. There are camping passes available. To find out more visit tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk

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