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Artists announced for family-friendly Dartmoor Folk Festival

FUN for all the family is assured at the 43rd Dartmoor Folk Festival, all at modest prices or free-of-charge.

The festival, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 7, 8 and 9, will take place in the foothills of Dartmoor at South Zeal, near Okehampton.

It will include a packed programme of events and activities suitable for all ages, including a hugely-successful dedicated children's festival which will run alongside the main event.

There will be concerts, a ceilidh, craft displays, dances, a Dartmoor Fayre, music hall, pub sessions and music, song and dance workshops and competitions.

Free events include Starter's Song Sessions, Shanty Group singing, Festival Folk Club sessions, a ramble on Dartmoor, Folk church service and Youth Music Session.

The Grand Dart-i-moor Fayre, from 2.15pm to 5pm on Saturday, August 8, will include an afternoon of family entertainment.  It is free for children and £5 for adults.

The Sunday afternoon programme of events, from 2pm to 4.30pm, is similarly priced and will also include a programme of entertainment.

HEADLINE ACTS

Top local and national artists will headline at the festival.

They include Faustus, Jackie Oates and John Spiers, Midnight Skyracer, Banter, Kitty MacFarlane, The Drystones, Gadarene, Jack Rutter, Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch, Cup O’ Joe, Geoff Lakeman and Rob Murch, The Dartmoor Pixie Band, Ramsey Minors and Entertainingly Different.

Various morris and dance teams will also be performing at the festival.

COMPETITIONS

Hotly-contested competitions are the Dartmoor Broom Dance championships and Dartmoor Stepdance Championships.

Dartmoor Broom dancing involves dancing with a broom, or rather over a broom, and is for primary school-aged children.

The Dartmoor Step dance sees dancers step on a 15-inch square board showing the different steps to try and out step the previous dancer, until a final champion is decided upon.  Adult and junior champions will be selected.

Classes to teach both broom dancing and step dancing are held during the festival and anyone is eligible to take part.

ACTION-PACKED PROGRAMME

Alan Quick, press officer for the Dartmoor Folk Festival Association, explained: "It was 43 years ago that the festival was founded by the late Bob Cann, who lived in the parish of South Zeal.  He had the dream of a folk event on his doorstep that would help to revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor.

“Mr Cann was awarded the British Empire Medal for his services to folk music, which included founding the festival.

"It was the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area that formed the basis for the first festival and they still remain for the association which runs the festival today.

"Since it was founded it has grown and we are able to invite some of the best folk artists around, whilst maintaining the festival's reputation for being a relaxed, friendly and traditional festival.

“An action-packed programme has been arranged and we are looking forward to a great festival.  There will be three days of music, song, dance and crafts.

“Entertainment is arranged for the whole family to enjoy, whether to take part or simply sit and watch.  Most events are very modestly priced and some are totally free, so there is something for everyone.

"The festival is deeply rooted in the heart of the Dartmoor community and is keeping customs and traditions alive."

It will also include a duck race, craft marquee and stalls and refreshments will be available.

A campsite operates (more than 200 pitches last year) and many people attend from across the UK.

For further details, or to buy tickets, visit the website: www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk .

Enquiries can be made by telephoning 01837 840102 or email: [email protected] .

 

 

Music, song and dance at Dartmoor Folk Festival

TOP local and national artists will headline at the 43rd Dartmoor Folk Festival, which will be held at South Zeal, near Okehampton, on August 7, 8 and 9.

They include Faustus, Jackie Oates and John Spiers, Midnight Skyracer, Banter, Kitty MacFarlane, The Drystones, Gadarene, Jack Rutter, Jackie Daly and Matt Cranitch, Cup O’ Joe, Geoff Lakeman and Rob Murch, The Dartmoor Pixie Band, Ramsey Minors and Entertainingly Different.

Various morris and dance teams will also be performing at the festival.

The annual family-festival includes concerts, a ramble on Dartmoor, a ceilidh, folk service, craft displays, dances, a dedicated Children's Festival, a Dartmoor Fayre, music hall, pub sessions and music, song and dance workshops.

Hotly-contested competitions are the Dartmoor Broom Dance championships and Dartmoor Stepdance Championships.

It was 43 years ago that the festival was founded by the late Bob Cann, who lived in the parish of South Zeal.  He had the dream of a folk event on his doorstep that would help to revive and preserve the traditions of Dartmoor.

It was the traditional music, dance, song and crafts of the area that formed the basis for the first festival and they still remain for the association which runs the festival today.

Since it was founded it has grown so that it can invite some of the best folk artists around, whilst maintaining its reputation for being a relaxed, friendly and traditional festival.

For further details, or to buy tickets, visit the website: www.dartmoorfolkfestival.org.uk .

Enquiries can be made by telephone on 01837 840102 or email: [email protected] .