46th Cornwall Folk Festival
The 46th Cornwall Folk Festival takes place 23rd-27th August 2018 in Wadebridge, north Cornwall. This year the line up was already booked and tickets were on sale when an amazing opportunity to add, as additional gig to the 2018 Cornwall Folk Festival, Nashville Songwriter Hall of Fame member Gretchen Peters. Named by the Telegraph as one of the best female singer-songwriters of all time, her 2016 album Blackbirds went in straight at Number One in the UK Country Charts.
This is an amazing late addition to an amazing line-up, which continues Cornwall’s commitment to a mix of established artists and rising stars for the annual Cornwall Folk Festival. Saturday headliner is the guaranteed musical treasure, Scotland’s Eddi Reader and band, including her co-songwriter Boo Hewerdine. A rare blend of meltingly true vocals and towering romanticism make her one of popular music's most thrilling and affecting performers.
Sunday welcomes back two-times winners of the BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Best Duo and pillars of modern British folk, Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakeman. Their intimacy and strength of passion on stage have won them many fans and enviable reputations as songwriters par excellence.
Penzance’s extraordinary quintet, Flats and Sharps, take bluegrass and the ‘all round a single microphone’ technique to new levels. Fast, musical, witty, they’ve played the 02, Hyde Park and headlined at Ireland’s Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival. They will not only support Gretchen Peters, but also headline a second gig as they play two back-to-back sets, dashing from one end to the other of host town Wadebridge.
Broadcaster Mike Harding describes Sam Kelly’s voice as “beyond sublime”. Raised on a farm in Norfolk, he reached Britain's Got Talent final, but is just as happy playing to a handful of people in a tiny pub. A mainstay of Cornwall’s The Changing Room, here he appears with his band The Lost Boys.
There is a second bonus gig on Thursday, with Naomi Bedford and Paul Simmonds, sharing their mutual love of folk and country music.
Other acts include Folk duo Ninebarrow, the Cajun sound of Joli Blon, funky folksters Gilmore and Roberts, rising class act Paper Circus and a variation of last year’s Breton hit Marvailh.
There’s plenty going on elsewhere throughout the town. The renamed FAR Stage behind Wadebridge Wines showcases back-to-back talent from the South West, and proves again and again to be the place to hang out, with non-stop music throughout the day. Pub sessions and street music and dance in abundance make for one of Britain’s finest small festivals, perfect for the Bank Holiday’s last blast of summer. And for those wanting to attend workshops to improve their music and dance skills there are at least 9 workshops for instrumentalists, singers and dancers.
There is camping near the centre of the town in the Bodieve campsite, and a local mini bus will ferry people back and forth to the festival!
Now in its fourth decade, the former Wadebridge, now titled the Cornwall Folk Festival runs over three days in early August mixing local talent with acts from further afield to produce a varied programme of events to suit all tastes. The event draws musicians and fans alike from all over the UK to experience unique Cornish and Celtic musical heritage and dance culture.
The festival takes place at various venues in Wadebridge and the whole town is alive to the sound of music. Not only is there an international line up of folk from Cornwall and Brittany and the USA but you’ll also find singers and instrument workshops, street entertainment, tune sharing sessions and children’s games and face painting.
How can you take part?
Get in the groove and join in the fun at concerts, ceilidhs, sessions and workshops. Cornwall benefits from some of the best weather in the UK but the Folk Festival differs from all others in that there’s the added advantage of all venues being undercover and in the warm. So if it's raining outside there's no problem as you can kick back and listen to some great folk music whilst sampling local Cornish food and enjoying a wide choice of Cornish real ales and ciders.
Did you know?
Wadebridge is home to the Sir John Betjeman centre housed in the old railway station where you’ll find a room dedicated to then former poet laureate with many items of interest about the his life and times spent in Cornwall. Then town is also a hub for the famous Camel Trail one of most successful recreational multi use trails in the UK.
To see a list of artists visit the web site here