Another free folk festival on our doorstep that FOTL fans might be interested in…
FotL 2015 is scheduled for 10th – 12th July
What a Folk on the Lawn, eh? While ‘the fringe’ may be continuing, still, in the Rose and Crown, the main festival has concluded for another year. What looked, on paper, a great line up turned out to be even better. Some wonderful performances (music, dance and the spoken word), good weather, new friends made and, in general and as always, an atmosphere of camaraderie and conviviality, whilst retaining challenges in terms of comfort zones. Innovative folk for innovative folk.
- All who performed
- All who attended
- The children’s area: Sam and Rachel: they not only got married on the Saturday morning (to each other) but were there on Friday setting up their equipment and stayed until the festival’s end. MANY CONGRATULATIONS both!!
- The sound people: Mike, Big John and Rhys on the River Stage in the day; Andy (who recorded the whole event also) and Sean on the River Stage in the evenings; Jon M and Sean on the Mill Stage; the superb Anthony Challenger on the Bar Stage
- The people who did all the work organising and facilitating in terms of raffles, merchanise, etc: Val, Joan, Sue, Carroll, Jan, Trish and Dave (and Jac and Emily on the Saturday)
- The best comperes we’ve had: Peter Gowen on the River Stage; Nick Smith on the Bar Stage
- The Raffle Kids: (Big) Harry, Zosia and Merlin (and young Harry on the Saturday)
- Face painting: Róisín
Finally (though I’m certain we’ve forgotten a number of people), a HUGE thank you to Shelley and Chris and the big, brilliant team at Abbey Mill for investing massive amounts of energy and time – and many physical resources – in FotL, for allowing us to use The Lawn and for making everyone feel massively at home during preparation and event.
We discovered, this year, that at least three songs have been written about FotL (Wicker Bones actually performed one of them this year) and a further song written especially for the festival. Anyone else who has written a song, a poem, a story, etc about FotL, get in touch! We’d also be interested in links to any photos and videos that have been uploaded to any site – we can link to them.
Right, we’re all going to lie down in a darkened room for a few months. Again, thank you all.
Many of us spent Sunday 6th at Abbey Mill, sorting out and testing out every piece of equipment. The stages were being assembled; the hay bails have arrived. Can’t wait!
A few things:
* While we have been told that most/all of the local campsites are full, FotL can itself let out spaces in the (largish) garden of the cottage opposite Abbey Mill. Furthermore, we know that various farmers/landowners tend to open fields, etc, so don’t be put off. You will find somewhere!
* It was good to receive news, yesterday, of the success of someone who appeared at FotL a couple of years ago – harpist Gwen Mairi has been nominated, as part of the ’10 Mewn Bws’ project, for a UK lottery award – the only Welsh project and the only music project
* Remember we will have an earlier than normal start on all three days this year – 7pm on Friday and 11am on Saturday and Sunday.
Lots of final preparation being/to be done. New names added to the line-up – in addition to the wonderful music: some comedy, some exotic dancing, some yoga, more stalls, the children’s area, face painting. Fine weather booked.
We also, for the first time, have a wedding when two of our long-time volunteer/organisers tie the knot!
(Very) limited camping in the grounds of the old cottage. The Old Station is 10 minutes walk away and open, but best book. Various landowners rent plots; other options on this site and will crop up on blogs etc.
Of those we know of, released in the last month or so are:
- Odd Fellow and I – ‘Pig Street’. Previews available via Soundcloud. Listen to the jazz/blues flavoured title track – https://soundcloud.com/oddfellow-1/pig-street
- Jon Matthews – ‘My Attic Room’. Shows the range and versatility of Jon’s song writing and musical ability – from a ska version of ‘Blackbird’ to tablas and a sitar. He also plays almost everything. See www.jonmatthewsmusic.co.uk
- The Hittites – ‘Sea’. A step aside from the usually self-penned material – an album of traditional songs associated with the sea and sea-faring . Soon to be more widely available, but find/seek out more info via the band’s Facebook page.
With the clocks moving forward and the evenings drawing out, it finally feels as though Spring has sprung! And what better way to celebrate than by adding the first details of our confirmed artists for FOTL 2014? Head over to the line-up page to see what we have in store.