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FolkEast Announces More Top Names as it bids a Fond Farewell to Glemham Hall

May 15, 2024

Recognised as one of the UK’s favourite (and friendliest) folk festivals – by  audience and artists alike – FolkEast returns to Suffolk this summer with four heady days of the best of British folk with added Spanish, Swedish and French flavour!

It will be the 12th year for England’s most easterly folk festival which will once again be staged – for the final time – in the idyllic fields and woodland of Glemham Hall, near Woodbridge between August 15-18.

“I loved FolkEast. Relaxed, friendly, in a great location with masses of space and a really strong line-up. A great weekend that really lifted the soul.” Robin Denselow (Guardian journalist/broadcaster)

New names confirmed for the line up are The Dhol Foundation, bringing their bhangra bonanza to the main Sunset stage on the Saturday. Led by the irrepressible Johnny Kalsi, they will get the joint jumping with their double-headed drum extravaganza.

Variously described as ‘ a Swedish alt-Americana folk rock band’ and ‘The queens of banjopunk’, Baskery are sisters Greta, Stella and Sunniva Bondesson who have played music since they were old enough to hold an instrument. Their sound oozes style and playfulness and has seen them accrue a number of plaudits and accolades as well as supporting the legendary Robbie Williams on tour. 

And there will be a welcome return by stand-out singer-songwriter Katherine Priddy, one of the fastest rising stars of the UK folk scene whose latest album The Pendulum Swings has been making waves this year.

In a 4* review The Guardian said: “The Birmingham folk artist’s exceptional voice shines through on a confident, expansive second album themed around the pull and push of home.” Since releasing her debut EP in 2018 Katherine has had a dizzy rise and supported The Chieftains, Loudon Wainwright III, Vashti Bunyan, Guy Garvey and Richard Thompson as well as heading out on a double header tour with popular guitarist and singer songwriter John Smith.

Her much anticipated debut album, The Eternal Rocks Beneath, was released in June 2021 on Navigator Records to great acclaim, reaching No. 1 in the Official UK Folk Charts and making the Top Ten Folk Albums of that year in MOJO Magazine. She went on to perform one of the songs from the album at the prestigious BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, accompanied by the BBC Concert Orchestra and broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. 

The new names join an already enviable line-up .Heading from Madrid to get the festival off to a buoyant start on Thursday evening will be the irrepressible Track Dogs –with their infectious fusion of folk, Latino, Americana and roots music.

Other top names include award-winning  Orcadian singer- songwriter Kris Drever, Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band, outstanding young English folk trio Granny’s Attic, the Young’uns award-winning songwriter Sean Cooney joining forces with Sam Carter, Melrose Quartet , Fay Hield Trio , Rag Mama Rag, Essex-based King Driscolls, Angeline Morrison Band, cellist-singer Sarah Smout, Windjammer, Blowzabella, Topette!! , Suffolk’s own well-loved husband and wife duo Honey and the Bear and one of British folk’s most innovative artists, Jim Moray.

Following its successful debut at the 2023 festival, the Tradfolk Takeover will return on the Sunday. Last year the event included a special tribute to the late Paul Sartin, one of folk’s favourite performers.   This year it will consist of an impressive afternoon and evening programme at The Stage in the Woods with a headline performance by none other than folk’s ‘Queen of the Whirl’ the great Eliza Carthy.

The 2024 event will be played out on five stages – Sunset main stage, Moot Hall, Stage in the Woods, Sanctuary Space and the Dance stage while the event’s three pubs will be alive with singarounds and sessions.

After laying down its hat at the glorious site of Glemham Hall in 2013, the site is currently up for sale and it seems it is time for FolkEast to bid a fond farewell to the picturesque plot near Woodbridge and look for pastures new.

Becky Marshall-Potter, co-founder and organiser of FolkEast with husband John says: “It’s been a privilege to stage FolkEast at the great Glemham Hall estate for the last 11 years and to be part of its history.

“We have had many musical stars heading to Suffolk for the festival over the years but perhaps Glemham has been the biggest star of all providing us with a perfect site which has proved part and parcel of the event’s popularity.

“So we hope as many people as possible will come to help us celebrate our 12th year at this special place. As for the future we are investigating various possibilities – but there’s no doubt that FolkEast will be continuing so stay tuned!”

Advance weekend tickets are now available – prices are £165 (adults aged 18-64), £155 for over 65s and £100 for Youth tickets (12-17 years) which must be purchased with an adult ticket. Family weekend tickets for two adults and two 12-17 year olds are £475.

FolkEast continues its great tradition of offering free admission for children aged 11 and under; camping under canvas is £25, camping under canvas with vehicle alongside £40 and camping on wheels (caravan, camper van, motorhome) £40-£60. Ticket link: https://folkeast.co.uk/tickets-4/

Located close to the A12, the festival will also be running its usual shuttle buses to the site from Wickham Market station.

 For further information please visit: www.folkeast.co.uk

 

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