Tenterden Folk Festival

Tenterden, situated in the ancient Weald of Kent, about 12 miles west of Ashford, hosts a friendly, family folk festival which has expanded to four days from Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October 2011.

And what another fabulous Folk Festival it was!
See you all again in 2012!

Tenterden features one of the widest High Streets in the country, lined with historic and listed buildings, numerous pubs and restaurants and green verges. Events which will take place around the town centre, in the pubs, the Tenterden Club, the Assembly Rooms, the Kent and East Sussex Railway and other suitable halls.

Thursday evening concert at the Assembly Rooms (Town Hall) will feature The Acoustic Strawbs, and Steve O'Kane and Fiona McBain.

The band English Rebellion will be playing for the barn dance in the Tenterden Club on Friday evening. The dances will be called by Bo Foaks.

The festival is a great supporter of all things Kentish and a special event this year will be The Chaucer Show with Pete Castle and Geoff Chaucer Jnr (aka Pete Morton).
Other festival guests already booked include Adrian O', The Askew Sisters, Band of Two (Sponsored by The Woolpack), English Rebellion with caller Bo Foaks, John and Karen Sweeney’s Contra dance workshops, Kimbers Men, Liam Robinson, Mainbrace, Mary Humphrey and Anahata, Pete Castle, Pete Morton, Vic Ellis - one man band and the hard working regular guests who we cannot do this without including Andy Smythe Band, Bo Foaks, Bob Kenward, Chris Roche, John Barden, Malcolm Ward, Peter Collins, Roger Resche, Spare Parts Concertina Band, Travelling Folk, Vic and Tina Smith, plus many others still to be confirmed.
Not all guests are there for the whole weekend so check out the programme nearer the time.
Other events will include hundreds of Morris and other folk dancers, the popular Music Fayre in the Junior School Hall, street stalls in the High Street and crafts and stalls in a marquee on the Recreation Ground.

Expect regular music showcase spots in the garden of the Woolpack on both Saturday and Sunday, a Saturday evening concert at the Sinden Theatre, and possibly a concert on Sunday afternoon in the Tenterden Club.

Morris sides
The festival also plays host to a wide selection of Morris sides representing most of the different Morris styles, plus traditional singing workshops, folk trains (musicians and other performers on the steam train) and English Barn Dance.

There will also be the hundreds of Morris dancers attending the Festival with 50 sides expected at its peak on Saturday. These will include men's sides, women's sides and some mixed sides and take in all the various styles of Morris including Cotswold, Border, Molly, clog and garland, as well as Appalachian, Scottish and Slovakian dancers. One of the many highlights will be the procession on Sunday which will include most of the dancers present. Many of the dancers will be staying on for Sunday as well.

Ticket prices have not yet been confirmed and are not yet on sale.
Tickets will be available by post direct from the festival and available from the Tourist Information Centre in Ashford (01233 629165) and the Library in Tenterden High Street.
Free events

All the events in the White Lion, the Woolpack, the Woolpack Marquee and the Vine are usually free as are all the dance displays around the town and the procession. Entry to the craft fair in the Town Hall and the Music Fayre in a new venue the Main Hall of Tenterden Junior School are also free and there will be more stalls in the High Street as usual.

Tenterden Folk Festival will also include a procession of Morris and other folk dancers, street entertainers, giants, and mascots on Saturday. The procession is a walking procession and leaves Recreation Ground Road at 3pm to process to the Coach Park in Station Road and does not include motor vehicles. Following the procession there will be a display by some of the 40 plus Morris sides and other folk dance display teams attending the festival.

Children's entertainment
Events should include a traditional Punch and Judy Show, as well as walkabouts, talkabouts and street theatre shows.

Sing-a-rounds & music sessions
Lunchtime or evening sing-a-rounds or music sessions take place in the Woolpack, White Lion, Vine, or Tenterden Club. Festival goers can join in the tunes being played by musicians who will be there from Friday evening to late Sunday night. These events are very much participatory but attendees can also come along and listen.

Website here - Tenterden Folk Festival

Festival Director
Alan Castle
Tenterden Folk Festival
15 Repton Manor Road
Ashford TN23 3HA

Tel: 01233 626805
Email: info@tenterdenfolkfestival.org.uk

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015