Felixstowe: Resort goes back to its roots to revive weekend folk festival

Flashback . . . Felixstowe Folk Weekend in 1989.

Flashback . . . Felixstowe Folk Weekend in 1989. - Credit: Archant

A town is preparing for the return of its folk festival more than a decade after the event was lost from its annual calendar of events.

The children's festival - seen here takling place at the old Pier Pavilion in 1976 - was a major par

The children's festival - seen here takling place at the old Pier Pavilion in 1976 - was a major part of the Felixstowe Folk Weekend. - Credit: Archant

Felixstowe’s folk weekend was an essential part of the resort’s summer programme until the 1990s.

Now Music in Felixstowe, known for its classical concerts, is set to revive the event with Follow the Folk, featuring folk and roots music, over the August bank holiday weekend.

Hattie Bennett, director of Music in Felixstowe, said: “This an exciting departure for us – and the musicians will be just brilliant!’

“There’s something for everyone. It’s folk and roots, so on Saturday night there’s a bluegrass band and on Sunday night The Oompah Band, both of these are at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club.

“We want to encourage musicians of all abilities to come and have a jam in and around The Ferryboat Inn on Saturday and Sunday lunchtimes and afternoons. If it’s wet, then we’ll be using the little Ferry church of St Nicholas.

“This side of the river, and Felixstowe particularly, misses out on folk – in places like Alderton, Blaxhall and Woodbridge, there’s so much.”

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Administrator Helen Clarke said: “I – and many others – still have very fond memories of the original Felixstowe Folk Festival.

“The town was full of Morris dancers and folk bands, and there was a wonderful atmosphere.

“I’d be thrilled if Follow the Folk could bring some of that feel back to the town.”

There will also be a ceilidh at Felixstowe Trades and Labour Club on the Friday evening, and a family fun session at The Triangle, Hamilton Road, on Sunday from noon-3pm.

For full details see www.felixstowemusic.com, or call 01394 670633.

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