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Dec 21 2008

Announcing the Frittenden Festival, April 4th 2009

Frittenden village sign

Good news – we’re planning another small folk festival at Frittenden again this coming year, to be held on the 4th April 2009.

This time, we’ve decided to focus on performers from the folk revival in the South-East of England, and we’re particularly pleased to say that some of the folk scene’s most respected singers of traditional songs have agreed to perform for us, as well as step dancers.

This is how the proposed event pans out!

From Kent we have:

Andy Turner singing and presenting a workshop about the songs of Kent;

Nigel Hobbins singing songs learned from his grandfather;

– Local singing and melodeon star John Morgan;

– Noted ballad singer Marian Button;

Rosie Davis stepdancer and singer;

Pete Collins, another well-known local singer of traditional songs, who will be both performing and  leading sessions;

Roger Resch and Bob Kenward (The Wealden Ramblers) will perform a selection of songs about Kent,  life in the county and it’s history, many of which have been composed by Bob himself;

– Now exiled from Kent, David Campbell, has also agreed to travel down to sing for us;

Marden’s own Julie Arnott will sing popular songs of the last century along with concertinist Gavin Atkin;

We also have Kerry Fletcher and Rosie organising and leading the step-dancing side of things, and long-established local dance band Florida will play for a dance at the village’s Memorial Hall with the help of caller Chris Pitt, who has also promised to perform some comic songs from his inimitable repertoire along with his old musical partner Gavin.

Looking slightly further afield, from Sussex we have rising singing, melodeon and fiddle star Matt Quinn, who will be down from his Newcastle University folk degree course – and he says he plans to bring both his dad and fiddle-playing friend Tom Moore. Also on the bill from from Sussex we have young cellist-singer Tom Redman.

From Essex we have a real treat – one of the best performers of traditional songs in England today, Annie Dearman, more than ably supported by her melodeon and concertina playing partner Steve Harrison.

Finally we have a special guest originally from Lincolnshire and now resident in Derbyshire Jack Crawford. If you don’t know him, Jack’s a splendid singer, a member of the National Council of the English Folk Dance and Song Society and a trustee of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library. He has just released a new CD also featuring Mary Humphreys and Anahata on the well known Wild Goose label. I’m sure he will bring a bundle down from Derbyshire for anyone who is interested in buying one!

The event will include music sessions, workshops, a concert and a dance. The sessions will again take place at the splendid Bell & Jorrocks pub – those who came last year and found it a bit crowded will be pleased to know that it now has two more rooms that we will be able to use.

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Mar 27 2008

A day to go – how to find The Kent Gathering

Frittenden village sign

FRIDAY EVENING SESSION at The Bull public house, Linton from 9pm or so. We have permission to play and sing if the mood takes us, and the pub sells food if you’re able to get there early enough. The phone number is 01622-743612 if you wish to book. It’s about 15 minutes south of Maidstone on the A229 and can be found here.

– SATURDAY MORNING STEP DANCING WORKSHOP at 10.30am at the Memorial Hall, Frittenden (£2 adults, £1 under-17s who are welcome with parents). Get directions here.

– SATURDAY LUNCHTIME SESSION at the Bell & Jorrocks pub, Frittenden from mid-day.

– SATURDAY AFTERNOON CONCERT at the Memorial Hall, Frittenden from 3.30pm.

– SATURDAY EVENING DANCE at the Memorial Hall, Frittenden from 8pm.

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Mar 12 2008

As we build up to the big day – the key events

Kent Gathering of Traditional Music, Frittenden 29th March 2008 Kent’s Millen Family of traditional singers sing for the Smithsonian Folklife Festival Andy Turner sings at the Kent Gathering

Den Giddens sings at the Kent Gathering of Traditional Music Kerry Fletcher, Billy West and Tim Brooks

As we build up to the big day on the 29th March, please note the key events will be:

– An informal evening get-together the evening before (on the 28th, that is), at The Bull public house, Linton from 9pm or so. We have permission to play and sing if the mood takes us, and the pub sells food if you’re able to get there early enough. The phone number is 01622-743612 if you wish to book. It’s about 15 minutes south of Maidstone on the A229 and can be found here.

– A step dancing workshop at 10.30am at the Memorial Hall, Frittenden (£2 adults, £1 under-17s who are welcome with parents)

– A FREE session of singing and playing in the Bell & Jorrocks pub in Frittenden, starting at mid-day

– A concert in the Memorial Hall from 3.30pm (£4 adults, £2 under-17s)

– A barn dance (or ceilidh if that’s the word you prefer) at the Memorial Hall in the evening from 8pm (£6 adults, £4 under-17s) (supported by Awards for All – see below)

Please note that tickets are generally available on the day, but locals can buy advance tickets at the village shop. Let us know if you’re coming a long way and want to reserve a ticket.

If you’re coming to the session, please let us know if you want to eat – it will help the landlord and landlady if we can warn them of the numbers to expect to want lunch. This applies particularly if you are a vegetarian! Call us on 01622 832871 or 01622 832461, or email gmatkin@gmail.com.

Our thanks go to Howard Lilley for loaning us a set of signboards – there are now posters on all the roads into the village!

Download a handbill: Kent Gathering Handbill.

Download a Kent Gathering ceilidh or barn dance poster.

Where is Frittenden? Click here for the information!

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