Friday, 16 June 2017 15:53

Poole’s free one day festival Folk on the Quay

Poole’s free one day festival Folk on the Quay

Get ready for hand clapping, foot stomping, roof-raising folk music fun on Saturday 24 June as a fantastic mix of musicians, dancers and folk royalty descend for Folk on the Quay.

Part of Poole’s Wave 105 Summertime in the South events programme, the free music festival has been condensed into one music and dance filled day, that will see an outstanding line up play and dance across 2 music stages. The dancing starts at 10.30am with live music from 12noon until 9pm.

Developed by Poole Tourism, working with folk event music organisers Paul and Catherine Burke, the event includes a main stage at the roundabout on Poole Quay and the Landlubbers stage opposite the Poole Arms.

A colourful festival of morris dancing will see performances throughout the day featuring styles from across the UK including Cotswold, Cheshire, Lancashire and Dorset, Scottish influenced Rapper sword dancing plus Slovak and Middle Eastern Belly Dancing. There’s also the chance to enjoy some of the UK’s finest step dancing originating from the mountain music of the USA at the Appalachian dance stage located outside Quay Amusements.

Confirmed music acts during the weekend include:  Headline act Marry Waterson will take centre stage courtesy of ECC records with her characteristic warmth and dream like performance. Part of a legendary Folk dynasty, this folk award nominee has performed at the BBC Electric Proms and the Royal Albert Hall with inspired collaborations. Based in Bristol, Baraka entertain with a unique combination of musicians from Ghana, Senegal, Dominica, Trinidad and Southern Ireland producing high energy experimental and innovative music with influences of Reggae, Calypso and Blues Harmonica.

Contemporary acoustic Folk duo Gilmore and Roberts combine award-winning songwriting with astounding musicianship and trademark harmonies to create a powerful wall of sound. Nominated three times at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Katriona Gilmore (fiddle, mandolin) and Jamie Roberts (guitar) have toured with Fairport Convention and been performing together for more than 10 years.

One of the UK’s top young Bluegrass and Folk acts, The Carrivick Sisters have built a reputation for engaging and entertaining live performances with tight vocal harmonies and multi-instrumental virtuosity. Finalists in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Awards 2010 the twins have toured Canada, Europe and the UK.

Paul Dredge, Acting Chair of the Poole Tourism Management Board, said; “Poole offers such a great location for events and it’s wonderful to see artists of this quality alongside our amazing home grown talent. And with fantastic live music in the sun, there’s no better way to enjoy the Quay.”

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