Bath is full of folk

BATH Folk Festival, which will be held at various venues across the city from Saturday 12th to Sunday 20th August, once again focusses on a summer school open to all ages and abilities.

Now in its eighth year, the festival teaches  traditional music with a backdrop of concerts, sessions and story-telling events across the city.

Many of those on the 2017 programme are previous entrants of the new shoots competitions and those who honed their skills at the festivals’ summer schools and youth bands.

The aim is to bring music to the community and really get people involved in music and dance, which is why there is such a focus on teaching music and running informal sessions for musicians to join in.
Many of the concerts are free or very affordably priced. There is something for everybody no matter what their tastes in the diverse world of folk music.

Sessions are hosted by leading players every night of the festival in many styles including Irish, English, klezmer, gypsy swing, bluegrass, blues and sing-around,  where musicians and singers are welcome to join in.

This year’s artists include Sid Goldsmith and Jimmy Aldridge (pictured), Pons Aelius, The Drystones, An Dhá, Tell Tale Tusk, Georgia Lewis, Red Dirt, Jez Hellard & the Djukella Orchestra, Ali George, Lawrie Duckworth, Mac Seka, Flies Fly Away and The Big Massive Orchestra, Don’t Feed the Peacocks, Diskan, Bertie Wright, Two Oak Sons, RSVP Bhangra and Hodmadoddery

The popular traditional music summer school runs from Monday 14th to Friday 18th August, under the expert guidance of a superb team of tutors.  Karen Tweed will lead the box classes again this year, ably supported by Ruth Condon. Gerry Hegarty (fiddle) and Claire Watts (flute/whistle) will be over from Ireland to develop a real authentic Irish sound. Katherine Mann (flute/whistle), Gabi Maas (fiddle and Swedish specialist) and Ed Boyd (guitar) supported by session guitarist Fran Barrett, will return as tutors. In the afternoons there will be opportunities to play in a mixed ensemble with a view to performing for a mass busk/ Irish dance display –  or a chance to jam with new friends.

For more information, visit the website, www.bathfolkfestival.org