Enjoy feast of folk on farm for a good cause
HE Folk on the Farm festival, in Brynrefail, Anglesey has grown from small beginnings in 2013, to become established as one of the highlights of the folk festival calendar, attracting hundreds each year and featuring some of the best folk artists from around the UK.
The festival, which takes place this year from July 12 to 15, is organised each year by Tyddyn Môn, a charity which supports adults with learning disabilities, and Jon Hippy the festival director.
All proceeds from the festival go towards supporting the charity and its activities.
This year’s lineup includes folk-rockers Merry Hell, Holy Moly and the Crackers, Harry Priestman (ex-Christians) and Les Glover, Elfin Bow (Pastoral psych-folk with an undercurrent of electronic ambience), and Yorkshire-based female close harmony folk trio Yan Tan Tether to name just a few.
Also appearing will be dynamic all-female trio Said the Maiden, relatively new on the folk scene and already well-loved. They were winners of the Bristol Folk Festival’s Isambard Folk Awards in 2015, and sing traditional songs from across the UK and America, and have supported many well-known artistes including The Fisherman’s Friends, Clannad and Jim Moray.
French-born singer Flossie Malavialle has been based in the North East of England since 2002, and has become an accomplished performer, playing at folk clubs and festivals all over the UK. Her repertoire range from well-established folk songs to jazz standards, blues numbers and Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel classics.
Among the host of other act will be Tyddyn Môn’s own the Tyddyners, plus the Clerical Error Morris Dancers.
In addition there will be a range of trade and exhibition stalls around the festival site.
For a full list of performers and to buy your tickets, check the festival’s website.
On-site camping will be available from 10.30am on the Thursday, July 12 (for the Folk Club night), through to the Monday of the festival, and can be booked when purchasing your ticket.
Pitches are charged at £5 per night, and campsite facilities include portable toilets, a shower block and water points, but electrical hook-ups are not available. Caravans and mobile homes are welcome and charged at the same rate.
More information about the festival, including full line-up, to buy tickets/ camping pitches, how to get there, and a taste of past years’ events through videos of some of the acts (including some who will be appearing this year), can all be found on the festival’s website: www. folkonthefarmfestival.com. Alternatively you can email email@example.com for more information.
If you want to know more about Tyddyn Môn, and its work supporting adults with learning disabilities for more than 30 years, and its activities (including a pancake house serving homemade food) check the website http:// www.tyddynmon.co.uk/
Merry Hell will be one of the many acts performing at Folk on The Farm in Anglesey