Folk On The Lawn

"innovative folk for innovative folk"

   Jul 29

Our thanks… and a forward look to next year!

Well, Folk on the Lawn 2019 is over. Another diverse, fascinating sunny weekend.

There are many people without whom Folk on the Lawn simply wouldn’t happen. So, in no particular order (remember, no main stages and no headline acts at FotL!):

The artists. They came from far (some very far) and wide and gave us splendid performances, joining in with the spirit of the event

The audience. You were amazing. We ranted on about the need to make a donation in return for a wristband. That’s the main way we can make even a gesture of thanks to those who performed. By Sunday, there were hardly any bare wrists to be seen. Huge thanks here, also, to the volunteers who went round the Lawn encouraging people to part with (paper) money to gain these wristbands

The sound. On the River Stage, Tom Izett; on the Mill Stage, Sean Townsend; on the Bar Stage, various engineers took on shifts: Jon Matthews, Stephen Shelley and Mark Jefferis; on the Filling Station Stage, Andy Langton

The stage announcements. On the River Stage, the incomparable John Sambrook and the quick-learning newbie, Pete Banks; on the Mill Stage, the assured Nick Smith; on the Bar Stage, both sound engineers and Pete Banks multi-tasked, as did Andy Langton on the Filling Station Stage

The stall holders and craft shops: a real range this year, including a lovely musical instrument stall! We hope to see many (all) of them again next year
The merchandise stall. So many took a hand here. Val (who also spent a considerable number of days before the festival in sorting out signage, raffle prizes, CDs, bunting, etc., etc.), Sue and Carroll

The Children’s Area: Emily, Sally, Jac and Joe

The recordings: many who attended FotL would have seen, for sale, ‘the best bits’ CDs from many Folk on the Lawn events. Those of you who purchased one will attest to the outstanding quality of the stage recordings. Andy Ponsford makes these during the festival and then twelve months adjusting mixes. Presently these are available at FotL only, though maybe in the future we can make them more accessible (with artists’ permission)

Certainly not least!!!: Shelley and Chris, their (large) extended family and all the staff at Abbey Mill.

We are already preparing for FotL 2020 which will take place from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th July.