A-Z guide to FolkEast 2018

How to get the best from this year’s fam­ily friendly fes­ti­val

EADT Suffolk - - INSIDE -

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.


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.


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.


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.


All sorts and ev­ery­where. En­ter­tain your­self. En­ter­tain oth­ers. Above all, en­joy.


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.

Q &A

Hor­ti­cul­tural co­nun­drums solved at FolkEast’s ver­sion of Gar­den­ers’ Ques­tion Time.


Free yoga, in­ti­mate con­certs in his­toric St An­drews church.


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.


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

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