A-Z guide to FolkEast 2018
How to get the best from this year’s family friendly festival
ARTY (STUFF) The Art Arcade in the ‘EastFolk’ community – over 60 local artists and crafts people. Meet, watch and learn from weavers and spinners, paper-cutters, stone-carvers, wood turners, feltmakers, leather workers, Celtic pyrographers, peg spinners and potters. BANDS
A massive melting pot of music that’s much more than just ‘folk’. Award-winning performers and local talent, ceilidh bands in the dance marquee, the Southwold Harbour Inn Crowd in the beer tent and all sorts of offerings on Amy Wragg’s Soapbox stage. This year’s celebrity line up includes:
• Show of Hands & Miranda Sykes – folk legends of 25 years.
• Oysterband - High impact folk rock show, 40 years in the making.
• The John Langan Band – Celtic folk with a bit of Balkan, Roma and flamenco.
• Tim Edey – immensely talented, magical multiinstrumentalist.
• Iris Mythen – Irish-Canadian singer songwriter. Small in person, big in power.
• The Wilsons – Big blokes, big noise. Always impressive acapella sounds. • McGoldrick McCusker & Doyle – driving Irish mastery. • Gigspanner Big Band – More legends and innovation. • Will Pound & Co – Harmonica and melodeon wizardry with Morris-ing mates.
• The Cartographers – cellist Rachael McShane and life after Bellowhead.
• Rodney Branigan – not just anyone can play two guitars at once!
• Edgelarks – Best duo winners in 2018 BBC Folk Awards • Megan Henwood – singer songwriter winner of BBC Young Folk Award • Cohen Braithwaite-Kilcoyne – can that lad play a squeeze-box or what?
• Plus: Wild Willy Barrett, The Magnificent AK47, Luke Daniels & His Amazing Polyphon, Winter Wilson, Wildwood Kin, Roaring Touring and many more.
Recently awarded the Suffolk Golden Carbon Charter, FolkEast looks to local businesses for its infrastructure and on-site food and drink – solar bus powering the Soapbox stage, biofuel generators, a mighty Jackalope created from plastic bottles to highlight the festival’s new plastics policy.
DANCE (YOUR SOCKS OFF)
Join the Circassian circle. Learn to Suffolk stepdance or Morris on down. Take to the dance marquee floor for a do-si-do, bit of French ‘bal’, Swedish, Kletzmer or just jig about in front of the great bands on stage. No experience necessary and special dance opportunities for all the family.
EXPERTS (IN THEIR OWN FIELD)
The ‘Instrumental’ area is a market place for often worldrenowned fine instrument makers. A favourite with musicians and those with a love for traditional makers.
Local food producers create everything from full-blown meals to must-try snacks. Peasenhall coffees, Woodbridge cakes, Lowestoft brews and tasty traceable tit-bits. Enjoy the street food market and vegan/veggie fare in the Soapbox restaurant.
With real Minis – 9 full size vehicles incorporated into one crazy golf course.
HAVE A GO
Felting, printing a beer-mat, willow-weaving, mask-making, T-shirt printing, lino-cut, jig-doll
dancing, circus skills, join-inand-learn music, song and dance. Workshops are part of FolkEast.
Clear and fruity favourites all the way from Southwold. Beer and cider at The Hop Inn, Cobbold Arms and Halfway House.
Enjoyed by all at FolkEast 2018.
Electric cinema with latest celluloid technology, projecting all sorts of fun local footage .
Kids under 11 go free. New ‘Imps’ area, Sports Day, climbing wall, mud kitchen, den building, storybook making, donkey rides, bug hunts, family ceilidh.
MUSIC (& SONG)
All sorts and everywhere. Entertain yourself. Entertain others. Above all, enjoy.
NOWHERE (LIKE HOME)
Bring a tent or camper, Great Glemham’s estate is a fab, family friendly place to stay.
Try something new, hear something different. Flonk an East Anglian dwile, watch standup comedians or hard-hitting poets, or head to St Andrew’s (aka EastFolk Minster) for some quieter contemplation.
Learn the art of French ‘boules’ from the Suffolk Coastal Pétanque Alliance.
Horticultural conundrums solved at FolkEast’s version of Gardeners’ Question Time.
Free yoga, intimate concerts in historic St Andrews church.
STEAM-UP, SAIL AWAY
Steam tractor, The Joker, from Leiston’s Long Shop Museum and Sae Wyfling, half-size replica of Sutton Hoo’s Anglo-Saxon ship.
FolkEast-fostered Morris side, brandishing sticks and hard hats. Just one of the many colourful and more or less traditional Morris dance sets.
The most important performer at FolkEast. No pressure – relax, do things your way.
Great EastFolk Pot Throw Down. Potter, Robert Rutherford will MC the celebrity show.
YOUNG ’UNS (THE)
Irrepressible festival patrons and BBC Folk Awards winners, Sean, David and Michael. Don’t miss Davey boy’s DJ set and live podcast.
A beautiful new flower bed on the EastFolk in Bloom roundabout is practically a four-poster, created by Everyday ActivGardens community garden projects in Ipswich.
BELOW: Art is part of the festival and you can make your own
ABOVE:Bessie Turner headlining last year’s Soapboxbox stage
Get moving! Try your hands and feet at a spot of traditional dance