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Annual Folk in the Town festival set to get feet tapping

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 August 11:45am to 6pm. Folk in the Town. Free event, Tuesday Market Place, King's Lynn

Published: Thursday, 9th August 2018

Folk in the Town returns for a third year, with two days of traditional folk, Americana and Blue Grass music, to get people's toes tapping.

Set in King's Lynn's magnificent Tuesday Market Place, six acts will perform on Saturday 11 August from noon and seven acts will perform on Sunday 12 August from 11:45am.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: "We have a really varied line-up for this year with something for everyone. The event has such a relaxed feel about it. We are encouraging people to bring a picnic and settle down to enjoy a real feast of music from talented local musicians and singers. The perfect way to while away an afternoon."

Adrian Tebbutt, who organises the event on behalf of the council said: "So many artists wanted to take part this year, choosing the acts has been challenging. We have a good range of different types of music that will please a broad audience. There is a strong tradition of folk and acoustic music in the area so it's great to be able to showcase the talent in this way. We'll even have the King's Morris performing Morris dances between acts. Hopefully the sun will continue to shine."

Returning performers, Mike Prior, The Boxwood Chessmen, Vic Allen, Blakeney Old Wild Rovers and The Fried Pirates, will be joined by Schrödinger’s Strings, Rhythm Travellers, The Norfolk Broads, The Rum Dogs, Diverse Roots, The Shackleton Trio, LongShoreDrift, and The Punk Folkers, for two days of foot-tapping music ranging from traditional folk and Americana to folk rock, punk, and everything in between.

Vic Allen began songwriting after a trip to America, where she was inspired by the rich country music scene. Last year Vic recorded her second EP, a four track release titled "Between The Lines". She has been described as "one of the most intriguing and interesting acts around at the moment".

The Norfolk Broads are a four-piece female ensemble who enjoy singing low-pitched folk songs about love, despair, and dastardly boyfriends. The Broads supply their repertoire of traditional stories with a very contemporary verve and energy, using old songs to fuel new takes on the lives of women both past and present.

The Rum Dogs are a Norwich-based trio that plays music for “drinking, dancing, talking, laughing and thinking.” A pretty tall order, but with decades of combined gigging experience, a big repertoire across a range of genres and a world of life experience between them, Mike, Paul and Pablo manage to pull it off – amusing, entertaining and challenging audiences wherever they play.

Rhythm Travellers are a band of seasoned musicians fronted by Julie & Bob AKA The Baroness and The Bear. They play a diverse mix of music including self-penned songs and an entertaining mix of old time Blues, Folk, Jazz and Americana.

Diverse Roots has recently joined with the talented French artist ‘Diamontika’ to take to the festival and live stage for the spring and summer of 2018. An eclectic range of songs varying from Jazz to Rock to Funk, their style will bring a cultured yet travelling journey through to the ears of the audience.

The Punkfolkers are a four piece fronted by Anto Morra who write and perform songs that reflect the strange times in which we find ourselves. Original material and traditional songs are mercilessly squeezed through the Punkfolker's creative mangle, resulting in some refreshingly unusual arrangements of traditional songs and compelling originals touching on subjects most people will identify with. They say "We are punk in that we disregard convention and we are folk in that we have a story to tell".

LongShoreDrift are from the heart of rural Norfolk. Expect a mix of instrumental tunes and original songs, often very story-based and which, whilst acknowledging traditional song forms and encompassing a variety of musical styles, blends the “tradition” with modern themes in a thoughtful, respectful and good-humoured way.

The Shackleton Trio (formerly The Georgia Shackleton Trio) features fiddle player Georgia Shackleton alongside guitarist Aaren Bennett and mandolinist Nic Zuppardi. Together they play an exciting blend of folk, Americana, and self-penned material instrumentally influenced by British, American and Scandinavian folk traditions, with a regional twist from their native East Anglia.

The Fried Pirates as a trio came together in July 2012. Since then the band has developed into a 6-piece collective from which lots of permutations are possible. They vary their very extensive set list of over 90 traditional, modern and original songs and tunes to suit their audience. Having sold out their EP ‘A Rum Do!’ their first album – ‘Sailors, Strumpets and Scallywags’ was released in April.

Folk in the Town

Saturday, 11 August: Noon – 6pm
Sunday 12 August: 11:45am – 6pm
King’s Lynn, Tuesday Market Place
Free event - Bring a picnic

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