The 14th Annual White Horse Folk Festival will be taking place in Grove from Friday 13 to Sunday 15 August with 18 events on offer.
The highlight events happen on Saturday evening with a concert in Grove Village Hall, featuring traditional singers Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman, exciting young multi-instrumentalists Isambarde and singer/guitarist Nick Dow; and a stomping English barn dance in the Old Mill Hall with gutsy, folk-rock tunes provided by Random and the effervescent Cat Kelly guiding dancers through each dance, so no excuses, everyone can get involved and go home an expert!
Both events will have a licensed bar with real ale and start at 8pm. Tickets for each event are £8 (u16 £4).
Lots of other things will be going on too. All sorts of musicians will be grabbing their instruments and getting together at Grove Rugby Club on Friday evening; in the Bell from 4pm until 6pm on Saturday; and at the Volunteer on Sunday from 12noon until 3pm. Plus, for any guitarists interested in finding out more about open or modal tunings there will be a workshop in Grove Scout Hut on Sunday at 11am.
Traditional dance is also celebrated at the festival with three one-hour workshops on Saturday morning. At 11am Rose Hips Belly Dancers will be teaching some of the traditional belly dance steps & shapes, great fun and great exercise. Then at 12pm Ridgeway Step Clog will be teaching basic stepping technique and a dance called Sunderland. Finally at 1pm The Vale Islanders will transport you back to the 17th Century and help you enjoy the same social dances enjoyed by our forefathers. Everyone is welcome to try these workshops regardless of age, sex or ability; only £2.50 each or £5 for all three - sample one style or try all three.
Later Saturday afternoon these dance teams will be joined by Icknield Way Morris Men and Cornucopia to present a dance displays at The Bell and The Bay Tree from 3pm. Those taking part in the workshops will be encouraged to show off what they have learnt at the displays.
On Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes, singers will be attempting to raise the roof on The Bell in the “Big Sings”. Everyone is given the chance to sing, to join in the choruses or just listen. If you like singing and would like to try working out some harmonies then join us for a workshop, led by Isambarde, in Grove Rugby Club on Sunday morning at 11am.
Come along, take a look and try something new. The atmosphere is great, you’ll be made most welcome and, with many free events, it need not cost you anything.
If your appetite has been whetted then check out our website for further details of all the events taking place over the weekend, www.whitehorsefolkfestival.co.uk or call Dave Guest on 765445. Maybe we’ll see you there!