Our first post in relation to FOTL 2016, and it’s to announce our first lot of acts. Head over to the line-up page to see what you have to look forward to!
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You, who came along – some of you from as far away as Denmark; some from just along the river bank
The playing folk: perhaps the finest array of these ever seen and heard on the lawn
The sound folk: Mike, John and Rhys (River Stage – Saturday and Sunday, daytime); Tom (River Stage – Friday and Saturday nights and Mill Stage – Saturday and Sunday daytime: became known as Tireless Tom); Anthony and his Dad (Bar Stage through the whole weekend)
The folkster who recorded it all in history (as well as doing most/all of the above and below): Andy
The talking folk: Peter Gowen, John Sambrook and Nick Smith
The digital folkster king of web-land: Nick Smith
The dexterous folk-makers of soft and also printed things: Ceinwen and Mike
The folk who peopled stalls, sourced materials, raised funds and had a folky oversight that many of us found lacking: Val, Sue, Carroll, Caroline, Pete, Jac and Em
Those that kept the little folk happy in the children’s area: Rachel, Sam, Joe and Kas
The folk tattooist: Maureen
The (early?) morning folk-giver of caffeine and beans to the crew: Lyn
The tylwyth teg of the raffle: Harry, Merlin and Zosia
The folk who lugged, sweated and drove their folk-vehicles, before and after, with large, heavy boxes and with strange and huge soundcones: Jem and Jac
The folk who – so generously – laid out the lawn, erected the stages, fed and watered the visiting folk and allowed the event to happen: Shelley, Chris and family, together with all the kind and lovely folkster staff at Abbey Mill
(Ed: And thanks to founder folk Jon, who was very quick to draft the above thanking everyone else, but without whom we wouldn’t have Folk on the Lawn… Diolch Jon!)
Avital Raz – “Regarding Man”
Edd Donovan and the Wandering Moles – “Call Me Old Fashioned”
Nick Smith Band – “Good Thing” (Demo)
FOTL 2015 will get underway at around 7pm this evening. The weather looks great so we’ll undoubtedly be outside on the River Stage!
To prepare you for the weekend here are a few tips…
1. Bring cash! There is no cashpoint in Tintern, and in general it’s not possible to pay by card. As well as donations which will all go towards paying the artists, there’ll be a stall selling FOTL t-shirts and artists’ CDs and merchandise, not to mention food stalls and – last but certainly not least - the bar! If you forget to get cash before you leave, the nearest cashpoint is in Chepstow.
2. Please park away from the festival site. The car park at the Abbey Mill is incredibly small and simply won’t cater for everyone who wants to visit the festival. There is a large car park located a few minutes walk away – take the turning opposite the Abbey Mill (past the Royal George hotel) and follow the signs. This will allow our less mobile visitors to use the few spaces on site.
3. Explore and enjoy! We have three stages at FOTL offering a wide range of music, poetry and more, so there is something to suit everyone – and the children are catered for too with their own activity tent. And if you still want more once things draw to a close on Saturday night head down the road to the Rose & Crown for the fringe session – not to be missed!
We’re now less than two days away from the first act gracing the FOTL stage, and it’s promising to be a fantastic weekend in more ways than one!
The latest weather forecast looks good, with temperatures hitting 22C on Friday but cooling down to a comfortable 19C for the rest of the weekend. If previous years are anything to go by the Abbey Mill seems to have its own microclimate and tends to always be graced with good weather on FOTL weekend.
Featured song: “The Given” (Demo) by Brenig
As promised, we have another featured song for you. This time it’s Brenig, with a demo of “The Given”:
You can catch Brenig Friday evening on the River Stage, and Saturday at 6.30 on the Bar Stage. Outside FOTL they’ll be playing Llangollen Fringe on Thursday, and Llanfyllin Fest, Powys on Sunday.
Teaser video from Astrakan Project
Finally, we were delighted to receive this teaser video from Astrakan Project, who we can’t wait to welcome to FOTL for this first time this year. We hope you enjoy it as much as we did!
Our next featured song is “Rolling Thunder” by Penny, who plays the Mill Stage at 4pm on Saturday, and the Bar Stage at 1pm on Sunday.
Amazingly we have less than one week to go before Folk on the Lawn 2015… and the long range forecast is looking good so it’s promising to be a bright and beautiful weekend!
For those who can’t wait until next weekend, there are a number of ways you can whet your appetite in the coming week.
Firstly, we’ll be posting a new featured song every day or two, starting with “Dacw Nghariad” by Three Legg’d Mare:
A number of FOTL artists are also on the road this week ahead of the festival.
Astrakan Project have the following gigs either side of FOTL:
05/07/2015, 8pm, The Gladstone, unplugged gig, Borough, London, UK
08/07/2015, 8pm, Jamboree, Limehouse, London, UK
10/07/2015, Ipswich, UK
13/07/2015, The Ivy House, Nunhead, London, UK
Meanwhile, for those who want to make a long weekend of it, Fásta play at our monthly Open Hearth Acoustic night in Sebastopol this Thursday. See here for more info.
Any other FOTL artists who are playing this week, let us know via Facebook and we’ll include your details here on the site!
Our next featured song comes from Astrakan Project who take to the River Stage 9.10 Saturday night and 2.45 Sunday afternoon.
As FotL 2015 draws closer we will be showcasing some of the bands we will have performing over the weekend. Here is “The Drunken Landlady” performed by Fásta, who play the River Stage at 1.45 on Saturday 11th.