Cromer’s annual music festival Folk on the Pier brings together a real family of artists for another spectacular weekend of the best music the folk-rock world has to offer The festival takes place in the pier theatre and venues around the town over the weekend 5 to 7 May.
This year will feature new collaborations of many artists who have previously performed together or appeared at the festival in other guises. The weekend will also showcase many artists making an appearance at Folk on the Pier as a solo artist – including Ray Cooper – formerly Chopper from festival favourites Oysterband, star of the Voice Sally Barker from the Poozies, Emily Slade from the Phil Beer Band and Miranda Sykes from Show of Hands. The common denominator is the sheer quality of the talent each musician displays.
The festival prides itself on the sheer variety of music it has to offer. This year includes Eastern European influences from Lebedek, flavours of Jean Michel Jarre performed bluegrass style by the Newgrass Cutters. With world percussion rhythms from Breton based festival friend David ‘Hopi’ Hopkins, fiddle driven Roving Crows and Feast of Fiddles, acapella shanty-singing from the Longest Johns and folk rock from Rusty Shackle, TRAD Arr and Roving Crows the audience can expect a mesmerising musical experience.
Returning festival favourites include, the Phil Beer Band, Richard Digance, and Brooks Williams. And a highlight of this year’s festival will be festival patron Ashley Hutchings’ special tribute set to honour the fiftieth anniversary of Fairport Convention, the musically ground-breaking band he founded in 1967. Hutchings became Patron of the festival in 2014 and in 2015 was awarded an MBE for his services to folk and traditional music. In addition to his main stage appearance he will present his regular ’Patron’s Spot’ on Sunday morning of the festival where festival goers will have an opportunity to hear him talk about his career and the many projects he has been involved in.
Weekend tickets traditionally go on sale for the next year as the current year festival comes to a close. ‘We were amazed at the enthusiastic response for early bird weekend tickets before we had even announced a line-up” says festival organizer Scott Butler “We can only allocate two hundred and fifty tickets at the early bird price and these are now exhausted. But there are still full price weekend tickets available as well as tickets for individual concerts’ he adds.
For more information visit www.folkonthepier.co.uk. For tickets call the box office on 01263 512495