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13/01/2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Longstanding folk festival bucking the trend

Bromyard Folk Festival has been beating away the blues by continuing to thrive despite the economic downturn that has been felt by many music festivals.

The festival has been running for 52 years and this year the ticket sales are selling faster than ever before at this time of year.

Lynne Barker, the festival director thinks it may be down to basic human instincts. “People are looking for fun, entertainment and an escape from the ordinary. There’s a really lovely party feel and for a lot of people it is like meeting up with family and close friends every year. We have that on offer and plenty more, with top sector artists, festival food and an overstocked bar. What more do you need?”

This year the festival is headlined by The Young’uns, Breabach, The John Martyn Project, Alden/Patterson and Dashwood, Calan and Tanxugueiras. From Teeside, The Young’uns have won BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards ‘Best Group’ in 2015 and 2016, plus ‘Best Album’ in 2018. Traditional Scottish folk band Breabach have just won the ‘Album of the Year’ at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

When the organisers examined where attendees originate from they were surprised to discover that on average most festival goers travel over 100 miles to get there, which can only mean that Bromyard Folk Festival’s magic combination of dance, music, songs, stories, food and drink are quite the attraction.

The whole of Bromyard town comes to life when the festival erupts with tunes springing out of every corner and dancers parading the streets.

If you’d like the chance to enjoy live music at its best, there is limited time left for the discounted Early Bird Tickets which now available on their website www.bromyardfolkfestival.co.uk.

The Young'uns - Bromyard Folk Festival 2020 Headliner
The Young’uns – Bromyard Folk Festival 2020 Headliner
Breabach - Bromyard Folk Festival 2020 Headliner
Breabach – Bromyard Folk Festival 2020 Headliner
Bar Session at Bromyard Folk Festival photo by Malcolm Locker
Bar Session at Bromyard Folk Festival photo by Malcolm Locker
Concert at Bromyard Folk Festival photo by Malcolm Locker
Concert at Bromyard Folk Festival photo by Malcolm Locker
Earlsdon Morris dancing at Bromyard Folk Festival photo by Malcolm Locker
Earlsdon Morris dancing at Bromyard Folk Festival photo by Malcolm Locker
Bromyard Folk Festival photo by Malcolm Locker
Bromyard Folk Festival photo by Malcolm Locker

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28/08/2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Good weather predicted for local Folk Festival

The organisers of Bromyard Folk Festival are encouraging attendees to bring hats and suncream this year, in contrast to last year.

Lynne Barker, the festival director said “Everything is in place. Tickets are selling well. The weather is looking particularly fine, which is the only thing we can’t control! With the favourable forecast, we are looking forward to a fantastic weekend and would especially like to welcome our local people to come along, with weather appropriate clothing of course. I am local and really proud of what we have here,  I want as many people as possible to enjoy this unique music festival on their doorstep.”

Headliners performing on the Main Stage include Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening, Flook, The Daoirí Farrell Trio, Rosier from Canada plus a great deal more.

The rest of the weekend of the folk festival is packed with music, singing, dancing, workshops, stories, crafts, food and drink.

The weekend will have a real family feel, with a wide variety of entertainers, activities, stories and songs with the bonus of free entry for children under 10 years old.

There will be a procession of Morris Teams along the High Street in Bromyard at 8.30pm on Friday accompanied by the Town Crier which is open to all to see.

The event takes place on 5th to 8th September. Tickets are on sale from the Bromyard Folk Festival website and will also be available from the on site Box Office from midday on 5th September.

Crowds in sunshine being entertained by Silurian Morris photo by Malcolm Locker
Crowds in sunshine being entertained by Silurian Morris photo by Malcolm Locker

08/08/2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bromyard Folk Festival to be opened by the High Sheriff of Herefordshire

James Hervey-Bathurst CBE DL, who has recently been appointed as the High Sheriff of Herefordshire, will be launching Bromyard Folk Festival with an opening ceremony on Friday 6th September at 7.50pm. There are some events that take place on the Thursday, including a ceilidh and an album launch by the festival patrons, Granny’s Attic called Wheels of the World.
There will be a Procession running down the High Street at 8.30pm on Friday accompanied by the Town Crier. There will be more Morris men than you can shake a stick at. The guest dance sides who will be performing are Belle D’Vain, Chinewrde Morris Dancers, JD & Folk, Newcastle Kingsman, Shropshire Bedlam & Martha Rhodens, Shropshire Sharpshins, Silkstone Greens, and Windsor Morris with performances by regular sides Soft Option, Faithful City Morris Men, Jockey Morris Men, Lord Conyers Morris Men, Shakespeare Morris Men, Silurian Morris Men, White Hart Morris Men, 1st Sedgley Morris Men and Earlsdon Morris.
There is literally a warm welcome for you on the Main Stage this year as the venue will be heated. Headliners performing on the Main Stage include Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening, Flook, The Daoirí Farrell Trio, Rosier plus a great deal more.
The rest of the weekend of the folk festival is packed with music, singing, dancing, workshops, stories, crafts, food and drink.
A particular feature for this year is going to be a ‘Bal’, a traditional French dance from Topette!!
The weekend will also have a real family feel, with a wide variety of entertainers, activities, stories and songs with the bonus of free entry for children under 10 years old.
The green field festival will continue in its aims to strive for a more sustainable future. Stainless steel bottles will be available along with freely available water refills, no plastic bottles in any of the green rooms or from the traders and any waste that is generated is being recycled by Blackpole Skip Hire who manage to reuse 85%.
The event takes place on 5th to 8th September. Tickets are on sale from the Bromyard Folk Festival website and will also be available from the on site Box Office from midday on 5th September.

James Hervey-Bathurst, the High Sheriff of Herefordshire
James Hervey-Bathurst, the High Sheriff of Herefordshire
Dan the Hat entertaining families at Bromyard Folk Festival
Dan the Hat entertaining families at Bromyard Folk Festival – photo by Lightsmiths Photography
Dancing at Bromyard Folk Festival
Dancing at Bromyard Folk Festival – photo by Lightsmiths Photography

14/03/2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Festival bags top piper as headliner

Maintaining and celebrating a greater balance of artists, Bromyard Folk Festival are thrilled to announce their last headliner, Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening.

The foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes heads up our Saturday evening concert with a stellar ensemble of musicians accompanying her. Many of whom will be familiar to Bromyard veterans having performed with folk legends the likes of Seth Lakeman, Uiscedwr and Carthy, Hardy, Farrell and Young.

A fantastic show promised mixing the very oldest of Northumbrian tunes and song with plenty of contemporary resonance and attitude!

Tickets are available for the Saturday evening concert or the whole festival from the website www.bromyardfolkfestival.co.uk.

Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening
Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening

12/02/2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local Festival Competition Winner stars in The Archers

Molly Pipe, a recent winner of the Bromyard Folk Festival competition, the Future of Young Folk Award, has gone on to star as a character in the world’s longest running radio drama on BBC Radio 4. Molly Pipe has made her debut in The Archers as Mia Grundy. Molly is following in other actors’ footsteps through The Archers including Tamsin Greig (Green Wing, Episodes, Black Books), Felicity Jones (Star Wars, The Theory of Everything), Lucy Davis (The Office, Shaun of the Dead) and Kellie Bright (Eastenders, Strictly Come Dancing).

Bromyard Folk Festival hosts the Future of Young Folk Award every year, a competition open to singers under 25 encouraging the continuation of unaccompanied singing in a traditional folk style, and the winner gets booked to perform at the following year’s festival.

If you’d like to see more emerging talent plus more great established entertainment then tickets are on sale Bromyard Folk Festival from their website www.bromyardfolkfestival.co.uk.

Molly Pipe being presented with the Future of Young Folk Award at Bromyard Folk Festival by director Lynne Barker. Photograph by Lightsmiths Photography.
Molly Pipe being presented with the Future of Young Folk Award at Bromyard Folk Festival by director Lynne Barker. Photograph by Lightsmiths Photography.

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16/01/2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local Music Festival Has New Local Patrons

The directors of Bromyard Folk Festival invited local folk trio, Granny’s Attic to become the patrons of the festival, after having appeared on their stage for many years.

The band were both surprised and gracious in accepting the invitation: “We’ve been attending Bromyard Folk Festival for years (Cohen’s been to every festival since 2007 and was a worthy winner of the coveted Future of Young Folk Award in 2014) and it feels like our “home” festival. It’s a lovely weekend and is always full of great music and great people, so we were absolutely thrilled when we were asked to be patrons. Bromyard is such an exciting festival to be involved with and has such a great team; it’s great to work with Lynne and Ross and the rest of the organisers. They’re supportive of such a wide range of acts and champion up-and-coming artists. We’re looking forward to this year’s festival and the other ones to come!”

Lynne Barker, the festival director was overjoyed that they accepted: “We have had the pleasure of witnessing Lewis, Cohen and George flourish into the extremely popular act that they are today. They have deep roots in the festival, share our enthusiasm for traditional folk and are perfect partners for us.”

Bromyard Folk Festival has long established itself as a local landmark. Since 1968 the well renowned event has been bringing the town to life with wonderful live music, song and dance for a whole weekend in the start of September.

The music festival also draws in a great deal of families and fans from around the country every year with an interest in traditional folk and seeing friends that they’ve built up at the festival over the years.

This year headliners include contemporary Celtic ground-breaking band Flook, a bold and technically brilliant ensemble, The Daoirí Farrell Trio from Dublin, winner of 2017 BBC Folk Awards Best Newcomer, and Les Poules à Colin, a contagious transatlantic group sharing the sparkling culture of Quebec in Bromyard.

Early Bird Tickets are on sale at a discounted rate until Valentine’s Day from the festival website at bromyardfolkfestival.co.uk.

Bromyard Folk Festival patrons - Granny's Atti
Bromyard Folk Festival patrons – Granny’s Attic – Photograph by Lightsmiths Photography
Lewis Wood, Dick Dixon (BFF), George Sansome, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne and Lynne Barker (BFF)
Lewis Wood, Dick Dixon (BFF), George Sansome, Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne and Lynne Barker (BFF) – Photograph by Lightsmiths Photography

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