Dancing in the streets

FOLK song and dance returns to South Petherton on Saturday 18th June, with the first Petherton Folk Fest  for two years, since the pandemic closed down so many performing arts events and venues.

This is a totally free event, with events all round the attractive old town. Folk musicians will perform in Petherton’s Market Square, the David Hall, Brewer’s Arms,  Blake Hall and in St Peter and St Paul’s Church and grounds. There will also be stalls and other attractions in and around Market Square.

The day will start at 9.45am with a parade by Morris dancers into the Square, where there will be music and dancing all day until 6.30pm.

Arquebus, a local contemporary Folk trio, will launch events on the stage in the Square and the duo, Mitchell & Vincent, are scheduled to begin the day-long entertainment in the David Hall.  The popular Dambuskers are also booked (again!) and will end the day with a gig in The Brewers Arms at 9pm.

There will be plenty of attractions for children – including Punch & Judy in the church grounds and entertainment by Tor Theatre and The Bearkat Collective in The Blake Hall. And for adults there will be Morris dancing workshops.

The day will also feature some of South Petherton’s traditional events, such as The Ceremony of the Glove and Clipping the Church.

Full details of the programme can be found on the website: www.pethertonfolkfest.org.uk