Feast of folk in store at Bath festival

BATH Folk Festival, now in its ninth year, comes to the city from 11th to 19th August with a feast for performers and listeners.

There will be concerts, pub and café sessions, storytelling and dance around the city, as well as the popular Bath Trad­it­ional Music Summer School, where students learn for five days under the expert guidance of a team of respected players.

This year’s line-up reflects many traditions and cultures. Artists include the pioneering Irish guitarist John Doyle, travelling troubadour Rory McLeod, Swedish vocal quartet Åkervinda, acclaimed Irish singer Alan Burke, new duo John Dipper and David Malkin (pictured) and festival favourites Beth Porter and the Availables.

Performances by The Bookshop Band, Kevin Brown, Johnny Coppin, Louise Jordan, Georgia Lewis, Tom Moore, Archie Churchill Moss, Nasrudin, Wes Rob­inson, Tad Sargent, Matt Tighe and many more are scheduled.

And it’s welcome back to the talented young musicians from Ards Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, an award winning dynamic youth music and dance troupe from Bangor in Northern Ireland, who will be performing a free concert at Green Park Brasserie with Bath Folk Youth Band.

The summer school   features new classes in tenor banjo and mandolin, singing and Irish dancing, as well as the ever-popular fiddle, flute, piano accordion, guitar classes. Tutors include Karen Tweed, Catriona MacDonald, Rachel Cross, Gabi Maas, Gerry Hegarty, Katherine Mann, Claire Watts, Tom Kimber and Rebecca Hills. The summer school welcomes players and dancers of all standards – from novices looking to get a solid grounding to experienced players looking to sharpen their skills.

Bath Folk Festival celebrates traditional music from English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh music to Americana, gypsy jazz, French, bluegrass, Balkan, world folk and more.

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