Folkeast Set For August 2013 With Top Line-up

Folkeast Set For August 2013 With Top Line-up

Homegrown Suffolk festival FolkEast combines top folk names with spoken word, art, crafts and local characters to create the East's biggest festival of folk.

This August FolkEast returns to the East coast for a bank holiday weekend of music, arts and ale.

The line-up includes an opening Friday set from Bellowhead founders, Spiers and Boden, a Saturday featuring Eliza Carthy and Jim Moray finishing off their Wayward Tour in style, and on Sunday the quiet Suffolk evening will be stirred by the enigmatic sound of Penguin Cafe and legends Steeleye Span.

Guaranteed highlights include sets from crowd pleasers The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, The Demon Barbers XL and The Dhol Foundation; Radio 2's best newcomer of 2010, Sam Carter, with a unique performance involving Norwich Choir, Big Sky; the 2012 mercury nominated Sam Lee; renowned Scottish songwriter, Karine Polwart; and a rare chance to see Sussex traditionalists, the Copper Family.

The eclectic line-up of artists old and new, esoteric and mainstream, puts it among the country's favourite folk festivals, with covered stages for a folk club, spoken word, ceilidhs and a session tent.

There will be camping facilities, including showers; an on-site shop selling food and accessories; good, locally sourced food stalls; real ales from micro breweries; quality arts and crafts from local makers; dance and music workshops; morris dancing; innovative street theatre; a sculpture garden and abundant facilities and entertainment for children.

Organised by married couple, John and Becky Marshall-Potter, and set in the ancient parkland at Glemham Hall, this year's FolkEast builds on its growing reputation as a family friendly and intimate local festival with a great atmosphere.

Halesworth based Event Producer, John Marshall-Potter said, "We are unashamedly excited about line up so far it is such an eclectic mix of innovative artists representing folk music past and present and from around the world.

"Suffolk has a fine heritage of arts-based creative festivals and this is just one in a long line tracing its roots back through the Albion fairs of the 1980's.

"We are absolutely delighted that FolkEast is now at Glemham Hall - an area steeped in Folk history and tradition."