Folk Night Session at The Ship Inn in Wadebridge
This year's Cornwall Folk Festival must go down as one of the best for the past few decades.
We'd like to thank all our voluntary team, venue and street organisers,
stewards, around 180 local and regional musicians and local businesses
who collectively gave up their valuable precious time and energy to make
this year's festival work so well.
Adding to the Festival's great success were Breton band Hop'Op'Ops who thrilled audiences around town and on various stages. After his 'best gig ever' last year we welcomed back our favourite Nashville Star Steve Dan Mills, who's rapidly growing a Cornish following.
French guitarist Claude Bourbon, Pete McClelland and Martin Simpson opened the festival with a feast for all guitar pickers out there. Pete swapped his day job running Hobgoblin Music to return to his heart-felt roots and love of playing once again by delivering an inspired and very worthy, traditional performance - welcome back to the stage, Pete!
Rory McCloud and Familiar Strangers rounded off Sunday night with a stunning set of high energy world music and humour. He's one of folk music's great characters and not to be missed.
One of the hardest working musicians at the festival was our very, brilliant Geoff Lakeman. He not only played four gigs over the weekend, but actively participated and was seen around most of the events accompanied by his lovely wife Joy. His music is a very, diverse mix of Cornish, Americana, Irish, Scottish and English songs and tunes, he's one of the most popular guys on the folk circuit in the UK, and he's Cornish too!
We tried to book several Morris teams for the festival but it seems they are fast becoming a dying breed. After all the controversy of Morris groups being banned for 'blackening up' at other festivals, we were well out of the fray this year, pitching ourselves into renaming Molesworth Street into Shanty Street and filling it up with buskers, shanty groups and a food fair - which worked so well.
Our fringe tent goes from strength to strength, with some 36 acts mainly from across the South West, plus a few guest appearances by some of our town hall stars. It's a fun space to hang out in, with a great variety of music. Well done to Vince, Dave, Pete, Cola and everyone who played and helped out here, to Wadebridge Wines and Gary Bushen for building the stage.
Having national cartoonist Kipper Williams here doing cartoon workshops was a major attraction and the Young Persons Music Competition was a success in its second year. How good it was to have USA musicians Zoe Mulford and Steve Dan Mills, along with Geoff, to support the young ones - cheers guys! Zoe herself gave several magical performances showcasing her fine song writing and singing.
Bob Grigg, our official festival photographer, took over 3,000 shots of the event which everybody will have access to in due course, once he's processed them.
Mike Walford Artistic Director Cornwall Folk Festival CIC Home Tel: 01637 880604 www.conwallfolkfestival.com
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No guarantee can be given that any events will take place, or any artists will perform at a particular time, or at all. We will, however, make every effort to carry out the programme as advertised.
The Cornwall Folk Festival is the annual celebration
of Folk and Roots Music and Dance in Wadebridge.