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Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Swanage Folk Festival 2008

The 2008 festival kicks off on Friday 5th September with a concert in the main marquee on Sandpit Field in the evening.

A variety of activities for children take place on the Sandpit Field over the weekend keeping them happy.

Saturday at 3.30 pm features the procession of dance sides through the town, featuring somewhere in the region of 50 dance sides from the world of Morris, Apalachian, Clog, and maybe some more exotic dance styles.

Concerts and events are held at a variety of venues in the town centre, including the Conservative Club, The Corner Restaurant Cellar, The Committee Room in the Mowlem Theatre, St Mary’s Parish Church, and the main marquee on Sandpit Field.
Saturday night is the showpiece concert at the Middle School.

The line up for main concerts will be as follows:

Friday night: Pete Coe, Dave Pegg & PJ Wright, Dansaul Compere : Ben Campbell

Saturday night : Mad Agnes, Jez Lowe & the Bad Pennies, Little Johhny England Compere: Keith Donnelly

Sunday night: The New Scorpion Band Compere: Bob Kirkpatrick

For those with the energy to dance Saturday night away, our Sandpit Field Marquee will throb to the music of Random.

Those wishing to perform themselves have opportunities at the White Horse festival Folk Club, or at sessions in pubs round the town, singing at the Red Lion with Derek Burgess, an Irish music session at the White Swan, and English music session at the Crow's nest.

For full weekend ticket holders we also have a late night session on Saturday with our festival artistes at the White Horse. Come and meet some of the stars and join them jamming the night away.

But if all this culture is too much the festival has the alternative delights of the colourful craft fair and events tent on Sandpit Field featuring a range of free bands over the Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

The festival will be its usual diverse mixture of activities and experiences. There will be a feast of dancing on display throughout the town all weekend. A grand dance procession through the town will take place on the Saturday afternoon at 3.30 pm and Sunday morning will see the popular folk service at St Mary’s Church at 10.30am.

Once again there will be a wide range of dancing and music workshops over the weekend and the children will not be forgotten with a programme of activities and events. Learn circus skills or just watch the fun . If you would like to listen to some stories then pop in to the Library for a story telling session or become a prop in an impromptu play straight out of a bag!

Website: Swanage Folk Festival 2008

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