The first acts have been announced for Broadstairs Folk Week celebrating it's 50th anniversary in the parks, pubs, gardens, beaches and promenade.
For a whole week musicians - from the highly professional to the inexperienced amateur - will get together in impromptu sessions whilst Morris dancers, Appalachian clog dancers, rapper sword dancers and many others demonstrate their skills on the streets and along the prom all week long in Broadstairs, Kent happening from Friday 7th to Friday 14th August 2015.
The first acts confirmed are Kate Rusby, Flook, The Demon Barbers, Edward II, The Spooky Men's Chorale, Vin Garbutt, Two Man Ting, The Broonzies, Belshazzars Feast, The Gerry Colvin Band, Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin, Adrian O, Artisan, Barrie & Ingrid Temple, Tab Hunter and Ben Paley, Bob Kenward, Adam Beattie & Brooke Sharkey, Commonground, Dan Walsh, Derek Gifford, Edwina Hayes, Funke and the Two Tone Baby, Geoff Higginbottom, Granny's Attic, Greg Russell & Ciaran Algar, Jeff Warner, Keith Kendrick & Sylvia Needham, Larkspur, Lucy Wise, Lynne Heraud & Pat Turner, Maia, Mawkin, Mick Scott and Hurly Burly, Mike Nicholson, Mitchell and Vincent, Monty's Maggot, Nick Dow, Pepper and Shepherd, Peter Collins, Pip and Jo Ives, Rob Barratt, Robb Johnson, Rory Ellis, Roseanna Ball, Sally Ironmonger, Sarah McQuaid, Steamchicken, Stowfolk, The Full Shanty, The Jam and Crumpet Band, The Long Hill Ramblers, New Rope String Band, The Elusive Black Dog Ceilidh Band, Tim Edey, Tim Edey & Brendan Power, Tobias Ben Jacob, Tom & Barbara Brown, and Tom McConville, expect over 500 events in total.
Season tickets are available priced at £195 (£245 with camping) for adults, £117 (£146 with camping) for youth (aged 16-17 years), and £72 (£97 with camping) for children (aged 7-15 years).
Day tickets are £42 with camping or £35 without camping. A weekend ticket (7th, 8th,9th) is priced at £99 or £120 for adults with camping. Thanet residents, family, and other options also available. Tickets for individual events will also be available at a later date.
Broadstairs Folk Week has grown organically, Pierremont Park in the middle of the town became a focal point for the Folk Shows and many other elements of the festival that are still in place today began in the late sixties and early seventies. The festival has had time to grow and develop in its own time and soon turned into the annual invasion of folkies which has become a highlight of the year - both for local people and visitors.
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