Bridport’s new folk festival

WITH  one of Dorset’s longest established literary festivals, the county’s best food festival, the eccentric Hat Festival and the Ropewalk Fair, you might think Bridport has enough festivals – but this year Bridport Folk Festival makes its debut, over the weekend of 11th to 13th August.

There are events, concerts, workshops, dance sides and ceilidhs at venues around the town, including the Electric Palace, pubs, and three stages at the Millennium Green, Bucky Doo and Borough Gardens.

On the opening Friday night, the Electric Palace has the Polly Morris Band, while Bucky Doo has a variety of performers, and Arnie Cottrell and Matt Tarling perform at the Ropemakers in West Street.

Saturday’s programme includes pub sessions and singarounds during the day, workshops at the town hall, and local folk stars Reg Meuross from Somerset and Dorset duo Ninebarrow (pictured) at the Electric Palace.

Other evening events include Quinns Quinney at the Ropemakers and a ceilidh with No Strings Attached at Church House.

On Sunday there will be a music and young folk award on the Borough Gardens stages, music and dance at Millennium Green, morris, clog and rapper sides in South Street, and a festival ceilidh in South Street from 5pm.