All good things come to an end in the end. Mr Alan Bell has decided to retire from directing the hugely popular Fylde Folk Festival after 42 years.
As such, the folk festival in it’s current guise will end. In its place, and with the blessing and love of Alan and Christine, the new committee are ridiculously excited to announce the inaugural Fylde Folk’n’Roots Festival.
First Fylde Folk’n’Roots Festival –
September 4th, 5th and 6th 2015
The New Fylde Folk’n’Roots Festival committee will be holding regular family friendly events in Fleetwood.
The aim is to raise funds, create awareness and encourage people of all ages to come and experience the diversity of traditional and modern folk and roots music.
It is planned to use local businesses and traders and hold all events at venues sponsoring the festival in 2015.
The opening event was at the Strawberry Gardens on 26th, 27th and 28th September 2014, sponsored by Dazamaki’s music shop and Dave Shaw at the Strawberry Gardens. It was a weekend of fun, activities and musical diversity from the folk and roots genre.
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Talk about big shoes to fill. The Fylde Folk Festival has been a huge success story and certainly has been one of the longest running in the UK.
Fylde Folk’n’Roots is going to take all of this work and build on it. So the dates will be the same. Most of the pub/hotel venues will be the same, and so if you have been to Fylde before it will have that same warm familiar feel that we all know and love.
And along with the traditional folk music will come a broader sense of roots music. Music from the wider world, folk music from different backgrounds.
In addition to this we are aiming to make the festival much more family friendly. There will be lots for children to do and we aim to make this the last and best weekend of their summer holidays.
Details are evolving but the committee will try their very best to make this a great time for all involved.
Photo: Maureen Blair