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12th August 2008

Tenterden Folk Festival 2008

Information about Tenterden from the festival organisers

Tenterden in Kent will bring you folk, a weekend of family fun with music, song and dance from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th October.

Full weekend tickets for Tenterden Folk Festival 2008 continue to sell well and are still available at £22.00 each (under 16s £11.00) until 1st September when the price goes up to £28.00 (£14.00).  We have also now released single event tickets for the Welcome Barn Dance on Friday evening and a mix of concerts throughout the weekend.  Tickets for the barn dance and each of the concerts are £8.00 (£5.00 under 16s).  Tickets are available by post direct from the Festival and will shortly be available from the Tourist Information Centre in Ashford (01233 629165) and the Library in Tenterden High Street. A booking form is available on our website at

The Welcome Barn Dance on Friday evening and the special Sunday Afternoon Concert both take place in the Tenterden Club’s Moulton Hall and Evans Bar.  The Saddlery of the recently refurbished Marstons White Lion Hotel hosts the smaller and more intimate events including the Friday Evening Acoustic Concert, the Saturday Lunchtime Acoustic Concert, the Saturday Evening Concert and the ever popular Acoustic Folk Club on Sunday morning for which tickets are only £3.00 (under 16s £2.00).  Entry to the many workshops and met the guests events will be £3.00 payable on the door unless you have a full weekend ticket.  Of course all the events in the public bars of the White Lion, the Woolpack, the Woolpack Marquee and the Vine are free as are all the dance displays around the town and the procession.  Entry to the craft fair in the Town Hall and the Music Fayre in the Woolpack Barn are also free and there will be more stalls in the High Street as usual.  Donations put in our collecting buckets will however help to ensure the continuation of this popular event now in its 16th year.

The free bumper souvenir programme is now at the printers and we hope to have it finalised and on the streets by the beginning of September. In the programme you will find a short paragraph about each of this year’s festival guests including The Askew Sisters  (Sponsored by Hobgoblin Crawley), Jim Bainbridge (Scotland), Tony Carling, Pete Castle, The Claque (Barry Lister, Dave Lowry Sean O’Shea and Tom Addison), The Committee Band, Les Elvin, Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews, Lisa Fitzgibbon and Jon Fletcher’s Power Folk Duo, Derek Gifford, Keith Kendrick, Moe Keast (Cornwall), Mawkin, Tom Moore and Archie Churchill-Moss (from New Roots 2008), One Sheet Short (are Keith and Derek), The Rattlaz, Chris Roche, The Simon Hopper Band (trio) and  Ticklish Allsorts Show.  Not forgetting the hard working regulars who we cannot do this without including John Barden, Marian Button, Peter Collins, Bob and Kathy Drage, Bo Foaks, Bob Kenward, The Marsh Warblers, Adrian O’, Andy Smythe and Travelling Folk.  There will also be over 30 Morris sides, Appalachian dancers, Scottish dancers, Flora, the Singleton Giant, Sandhurst Primary School Maypole dancers and Tenterden’s own dance group Feet Beats.

The diversity of the guest list is illustrated by the following extracts from the free souvenir programme;

The Power Folk Duo are Lisa Fitzgibbon and Jon Fletcher.  Lisa is a UK based, Australian singer/songwriter and has been described as is putting the power back into contemporary folk music.  Currently writing her fifth album, her sound is soft centred but hard core, Power Folk with a tender heart.  Lisa will be joined by Jon on guitar, mandolin and harmonica for their two sets at Tenterden.  Lisa has shared the stage with musical legends such as Arlo Gutherie, Roger McGuinn (from the Byrds), Chris Difford (from SQUEEZE), Eliza Carthy & The Waifs and played at prestigious venues such as the Shepherds Bush Empire, Glastonbury and Cambridge  festivals.

Moss And Moore were one of the winners of the St Albans New Roots competition for young musicians in 2008 hence their appearance at Tenterden.  Tom Moore and Archie Churchill-Moss come from Norfolk and Somerset.  They have been working as a duo for 2 years playing at folk clubs and festivals as well as entering and winning competitions including the BBC Radio 2 Cambridge Folk Festival Young Musician’s Competition in both 2006 and 2007.  They have a passion for traditional and contemporary music from England, France and beyond, as well as their own compositions. Tom has been playing fiddle for 10 years and Archie melodeons for 5 years and they have developed a unique and mature musical style, which belies their youth (14) in their choice and arrangement of a variety of wonderful music.
More details of Tenterden Folk Festival 2008 guests, accommodation and camping are now being posted on our website at To receive our regular email updates send an email to with "add to festival news list" in the subject box.

Join the supporters of Tenterden Folk Festival
The supporters’ scheme enables you to become more involved with the festival and helps to raise much needed funds to ensure its future development.  The whole Festival weekend, and the Trust’s other activities, are run on very tight budgets and extra assistance and funds are always needed.

For a minimal donation of £5.00 (please feel free to give more if you are able) you will be kept informed with early press releases about the festival and our other activities and meet up during the weekend and at other times.

If you pay income tax at the basic rate and are therefore making a donation to us out of your taxed income, as a registered charity, Tenterden Folk Day Trust (No. 1038663) can recover the income tax you have paid on an amount equal to your donation if you pay your donation to us under gift aid.  If you are a higher rate tax payer you can get tax relief equal to the difference between the higher and basic rate.  It really is simple so please ask for a gift aid form or down load one from our website

Also join SEFAN
South East Folk Arts Network (SEFAN) was formed in 2001 and covers the whole ACE SE region and much of London.  The Charity (No: 1111883) acts as a network umbrella organisation for the rich and varied folk and traditional arts in the area. SEFAN is an enabler offering information, advisory, coordinating and networking service.  If you are involved in the folk arts in this region please join us.  Find out more: W  E: T: Penny Allen  01273 541453.

Alan Castle (Director)

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