Putting the ‘folk’ in Suffolk

THE enduring sound of jingling bells and clashing staves echoed around Woodbridge as a festival of folk overwhelmed the town.

A weekend of concerts and traditional dances comprised the sixth festival of its kind and drew crowds of families in search of a quintessentially English experience.

Proceeding began on Friday with an evening concert by Julie Felix at the Seckford Theatre.It heralded a weekend of customary celebrations all over the riverside town of Woodbridge, where the streets were filled with scores of Morris dancers from far and wide bringing England’s traditional dances and ditties to the festival.

This year saw more attractions than ever before, including a music and craft fair in the Salvation Army Hall, acoustic concerts in Woodbridge Library and in the Sea Scout hall, a jazz concert and a ceilidh with folk ensemble Steamchicken.

Sunday saw belly dancing workshops as well as an open-air concert in the town’s Elmhurst Park, where festival-goers pitched up with picnics for an afternoon of entertainment which rounded off 20 hours of free events.

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