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Monday, 5 September 2011

Events: Swanage Folk Festival - Friday 9th - Sunday 11th September 2011

Down on the Dorset coast, the friendly Folk Festival just keeps growing.

Now an established fixture on the calendar, the second weekend after the August Bank Holiday Monday, they continue to provide entertainment and fun, for all, much of it free! But please make donations in their collecting buckets as increasing costs make staying afloat even harder than before.

A perfect place to relax and spend the last of the summer days taking part in the various workshops.

The festival is self funding and is reliant on ticket sales and donations. Please bear this in mind if you come and enjoy the festival, please show your appreciation by making a donation. This will ensure we can keep the festival going for your future pleasure.The festival is organised and run by a small committee of volunteers who give their time freely.

Concerts and events are held at a variety of venues in the town centre.  Saturday night is the showpiece concert.

For those with the energy to dance Saturday night away, the Sandpit Field Marquee will throb to the music of a ceilidh band with Gordon Potts as the caller.

Those wishing to perform themselves have opportunities at the White Horse Festival Folk Club at Saturday lunchtime only, or at sessions in pubs round the town, singing at the small bar at the Red Lion with Derek Burgess & Kitty Vernon, an Irish music session at the White Swan, and English music sessions in the marquee behind the Red Lion. All sessions (apart from folk club) are Friday evening, Saturday lunch and evening, Sunday lunch time only.

For full weekend ticket holders there is also have a late night session (after midnight) on Friday and Saturday with the festival artistes at the Red Lion. Come and meet some of the stars and join them jamming the night away. There is a late night mini menu on offer, with the bar open until 4 am!.

There will also be a colourful craft fair and events tent on Sandpit Field featuring a range of free to listen to bands over the Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Please feel free to donate money as these bands are paid for by the committee.

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.

There will be a very wide range of dancing and music workshops over the weekend and there will be a programme of activities and events for the children.  They will be able to learn circus skills or just watch the fun or become a prop in an impromptu play.

For more information website: Swanage Folk Festival 2011

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