The Morris dancers are coming SATURDAY 7th SEPT
PUBLISHED: 13:51 09 September 2011 | UPDATED: 21:37 20 February 2013
The Deal Maritime Folk Festival will be playing host to one of the largest gatherings of Morris and other dancers in Kent on Saturday 17th September...
The Deal Maritime Folk Festival will be playing host to one of the largest gatherings of Morris and other dancers in Kent on Saturday 17th September.
Lis Clayson, one of the festival organisers said We have over a 100 confirmed dancers coming to the popular Offcumduns day of dance at the festival. These include the Minster Mayhems, Bishop Gundulfs Morris, Cinque Ports, Penny Royal, Wantsum Morris. We even have an all-women group Loose Women (as in the village near Maidstone Ed.) dancing for us. Its going to be an amazing spectacle to watch, especially the mass morris finale on the seafront between 3-4pm
At the same time the Festival is hosting a number pub gigs and singarounds throughout the town.
At the Deal Town Hall there will be two special concerts: Bob Kenward and Deals own Sue Watson will be hosting a concert on Kents Songs. This promises to be packed with a sense of place, the flavours of orchards & hopfields and the lives of people who worked there.
At 3pm at the town hall there will be an vast array of talent on display with a concert from world famous harmonica player Brendan Power, Kanas City Blues man Billy Ebeling, Fiddle players extraordinaire - Nick Wyke & Rebecca Driscoll and Benjamin Folke Thomas.
One feature, new this year, is the five master classes at the Astor and Town Hall: the fiddle with Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll, Blues Guitar with Billy Ebeling, Harmonica with Brendan Power and Dulcimar with Bill Howarth. On Sunday lunchtime the Ladies of the Lake have a walking Harmony workshop between Deal Pier and Walmer Castle.
More details on the festival which runs between 15th -18th September can be found at www.dealmaritimefolkfestival.org , at the Festivals facebook page or on Twitter at DealFolk. The Full Programme is now out at the Landmark, Astor, Sound House, Mark1 and many other outlets.