26th Jul, 2017

Song, dance and laughter at Warwick Folk Festival

Ian Hughes 19th May, 2017

WARWICK Folk Festival will once again be taking over the town this summer with song, dance, and even some comedy.

The 38th annual festival, now firmly established as one of the country’s top celebrations of roots music, will be taking place

at Warwick School and the surrounding town from July 27 to 30.

Headliners this year are Australia’s well-bearded Spooky Men’s Chorale and Britain’s own Oysterband who are celebrating their 40th anniversary.

World music champion and broadcaster Andy Kershaw will also be taking to the stage with his accalimed one-man show, The Adventures of Andy Kershaw.

The festival will also feature music from around the globe, from Ireland’s Goitse to Venezuela Gaelica, together with much dancing, from morris dancing to belly dancing.

And there will also be ceilidhs, jam sessions, sing-a-rounds, workshops, from song to star-gazing, and more.

For younger festival-goers and families there will be circus skills, storytelling, theatre and crafts.

With so much going on refreshment will be needed, with food from around the world served up, and of course real ales in the beer tent, and even, with a nod to the current craze, a cocktail bar.

Festival director Dick Dixon said: “Established as one of the best folk festivals in the country, Warwick Folk Festival has something for everyone, with 15 venues on site, not to mention the varied stages in Warwick town.

“We have some fantastic headline acts this year plus another packed programme of concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, a craft and music fair and even a wine and cocktail bar.

“There is also a vast array of colourful dance displays, pub music sessions and open air concerts in the town centreā€.

Residents with a CV34 postcode can once again get a 20 per cent discount on Friday, Saturday and Sunday day and evening tickets. Proof of address will be needed when collecting tickets. To book online – from June 1 and a maximum of four tickets per household – use code CV342017.

Visit www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk for tickets and further details. A range of options are available. Under 10s are free.